I'm reading an English text written by a non-native speaker of English, and now I've come across the following:

This idea will be discussed again later on, if from a different point of view.

Now I'm wondering whether this use of if is correct? The intended meaning is 'albeit', and personally, I would prefer this word in place of if, but perhaps if is just as correct?

Thanks again :)

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    – fev
    Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 17:00

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If can be used in place of albeit in certain circumstances but it is usually (if not always) followed by but.

It was a song, if but a quiet song.

In the example you have provided here, if does not follow grammatically and you should use albeit.

  • The OP's example seems fine to me. In your example, but seems to mean only. Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 17:19

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