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  1. Dystopias and You: What Could Happen if We’re Not Careful. (http://pezperry.uncadighist.org/dystopias-and-you-what-could-happen-if-were-not-careful/)

Can I replace the "if" with "when/whenever" without changing the sentence's meaning?

  1. Dystopias and You: What Could Happen when (=whenever) We’re Not Careful.

Is the following sentence correct?

Dystopias and You: What Can Happen when (=whenever) We’re Not Careful.

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    "Whenever" does not work, because it contradicts "could". It is not a synonym of "when". I suggest using matching pairs: "What can happen when we’re not careful" or "What could happen if we’re not careful". – Weather Vane Oct 21 '20 at 12:39
  • You mean "whenever" doesn't work with either "can" or "could"? – Mr. X Oct 21 '20 at 12:46
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    Whenever means "every time" or "any time", which is "always", not "possibly". – Weather Vane Oct 21 '20 at 12:49
  • In "What can happen when we’re not careful" or "What could happen if we’re not careful", do the when-clause and If-clause both refer to the future? – Mr. X Oct 21 '20 at 12:52

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