In my ATM card , it said : " This is a property of... If found, please return to..." The meaning is clear, but I've never seen a grammar structure like that. Can you tell me what that is ? Can I use the same with other verbs i.e if broken, if damaged..?

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Certainly! The past participle can go with the conditional if.

If found, please return to...
If broken, we won't take it back....
If damaged, you cannot return it.... and so on...

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    +1 You might add that this is only acceptable in notices such as OP describes, or signs. In discursive prose, these are all dangling modifiers: they do not modify the nearest NP :) Mar 15, 2014 at 13:04

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