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I know "as if/as though" means but never heard that sentence starts with "though if". Can anyone help me with this ? Thanks in advance

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    Do you have an example?
    – StephenS
    Oct 13 '20 at 2:52
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I never wear a hat and have never bought one. Though if everyone else started wearing them I suppose I would.

I would punctuate this sentence by Old Brixtonian as follows:

I never wear a hat and have never bought one. Though, if everyone else started wearing them, I suppose I would.

This shows that "though if" is not an idiom, it's just two words used next to each other.

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    I used to punctuate too much and have been trying to cut down. But, for my answer, I should have done as you suggest. And you're quite right: "though if" is just two words. Jan 8 '21 at 6:16
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It can only mean the same as "But if" or "Although if". So it must refer to something in the previous sentence. For example:

I never wear a hat and have never bought one. Though if everyone else started wearing them I suppose I would.

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    To clarify a point that Old Brixtonian didn't make explicit: though if is not a phrase in the way that as if is. In their example, though happens to be followed by a clause beginning with if.
    – Colin Fine
    Jan 7 '21 at 17:30
  • @Colin Fine: Thanks. I should have made that clear. Should I now edit my answer to include your points and chasly's, or leave things as they are? Jan 8 '21 at 6:20
  • Up to you, Old Brick. If you do, I'll then delete my comment.
    – Colin Fine
    Jan 8 '21 at 12:43

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