A conversation starts with 'if' but without 'then' without 'else', without any logic turn.


"If I tell you what we did...(details what they did)".

"If I tell you how this ice cream taste, it is delicious"

How do I understand the 'if' logic?

  • "If" doesn't have to have to be followed by "then". The logic turn can be implied: "If it's past 10, I really should go home".
    – Andrew
    May 11, 2019 at 5:32
  • Welcome to ELL Stack Exchange! Did you create the examples or did they come from somewhere? In your examples, there is no logic turn, not even implied. It is hard to think of a situation where this sounds correct. The sentences you provided do not sound grammatically correct or natural. Can you give a little more information about where they come from? May 11, 2019 at 10:38
  • If somebody saying something start with "if", there always follows a "then" logic or "else" logic, although "then" or "else" is omitted maybe. I'm also stranged this saying "if I tell you, something...(over)". That example is from my memory, I may remember it wrong.
    – user95324
    May 12, 2019 at 6:02

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In English, the main clause of a conditional sentence does not require a conjunction. It is grammatically correct to say:

If it rains tomorrow, I will take my umbrella.

I will take my umbrella if it rains tomorrow

If it rains tomorrow, then I will take my umbrella.

The "else" clause does require some words such as "Otherwise", or "if not" to distinguish it.

If it rains tomorrow, I will take my umbrella. Otherwise, I'll just wear my jacket.

Your example is not very clear, and doesn't involve logic. Instead when you say:

If I tell you how this ice cream tastes, it is delicious.

I think you mean

If I were to tell you how this ice cream tastes, I would tell you that it is delicious.

That uses a subjunctive and a conditional expression but is rather odd. Why make it a condition? This is a very long and confusing way of saying

This ice cream is delicious.

Or perhaps, with a bit more style:

Let me tell you how this ice cream tastes. It's delicious!

  • I may have remembered it wrong. "If I were to tell you ..." is clear
    – user95324
    May 11, 2019 at 8:12

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