What does "if" mean here:

He's a good driver, if a little over-confident

when can I also use it like this?


The "if" here means "even though".

You might expect that a good driver should not be over confident. The speaker here acknowledges that expectation, and says it's true in spite of the occasional over-confidence.

You can use "if" this way under similar circumstances.

  • like may and but for example: – coolguy Jan 12 at 16:17
  • he may be a good driver but a little over-confident. – coolguy Jan 12 at 16:17
  • @coolguy Yes, those would do. – Ethan Bolker Jan 12 at 16:19
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    Also albeit - which I think is closer to if in OP's context than even though. – FumbleFingers Jan 12 at 19:06

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