I will appreciate it if you can help me.

Someone says "it" is the dummy object, with the if-clause being the real one. I doubt it , because if that is the case, "if" can be replaced with "whether", which actually doesn't work.

So how do you parse this construction?

  • If and whether are not synonyms in the first place. The sentence whether you are hungry, you should eat doesn't make any sense—and it has nothing to do with a dummy it. Nov 30, 2019 at 15:18
  • If it is a object clause,whether and if are interchangeable, like "I doubt whether/if she is correct".
    – ForOU
    Nov 30, 2019 at 15:30
  • Are you suggesting "if", in the original post, is adverbial? If that is the case, I should be able to front the "if ", as "if you can help me, I will appreciate it". Is this movement correct?
    – ForOU
    Nov 30, 2019 at 15:34
  • "I'll appreciate it if you could help me (about it)" sounds nicer to my ear, though a non native's.
    – user17814
    Nov 30, 2019 at 15:46
  • I [usually would, not will] appreciate you / your helping me, where your version's it corresponds to the highlighted element (what you would appreciate, which is "something" - a noun). Or more precisely in your case, your being able to help, your "capacity" to do this). Nov 30, 2019 at 16:29

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We would normally say:

I would appreciate it if you could help me.

As you are using an 'if' clause, your appreciation is only relevant if they are able to help, which they may not be able to. If anything, it is more polite to use "would" and "could" here - saying you will appreciate something only if they can help is essentially like saying you won't appreciate if they don't.

  • 1
    Right. would not will, in most cases.
    – Lambie
    Nov 30, 2019 at 16:20

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