Did you know that this little word … ‘IF’ … has many functions in English?! Read on to discover an easy way to upgrade your English fluency!
LEVEL: Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced English Lesson
INTERACTIVE QUIZ INCLUDED
Master these 6 ways to use ‘if’ at work when you speak and write email. You can use ‘if’ to:
> Give advice
> Make an offer
> Ask permission
> Talk about possibility and make promises
> Make a suggestion
> Make a request
6 Smart Ways to use IF
1. GIVING ADVICE
We often use the phrase If I were you to give advice.
- If I were you, I’d look for a new job.
- I’d try speaking with her again if I were you.
2. MAKING AN OFFER
The phrases If you like or If you want are often used to introduce offers.
- I’ll help at the trade fair, if you like.
- If you like I can pick you up on the way to the event.
3. ASKING PERMISSION
We can use if in requests for permission after the phrases Is it OK/all right and with the phrases Do you mind/Would you mind…
- Is it ok if I leave early tomorrow?
- Is it all right if Mark joins the meeting?
- Do you mind if I don’t attend the conference call tomorrow?
4. TALKING ABOUT FUTURE POSSIBILITY & MAKING A PROMISE
We can use IF in 1st conditional sentences to talk about the possible future. This is often used when you want to make a promise.
- If you buy the latest model, we will give you a free service next year.
- I’ll definitely move there if we open the new office in London.
5. MAKING A SUGGESTION
We can use the 1st and 2nd conditional sentences with if to make suggestions for action.
- If you want that job, you should get a certificate of English.
- If you had invested in that company you would be rich by now.
6. MAKING A REQUEST
The phrase I would be grateful if you could is a polite way of making a request. Other phrases that are similar are I was wondering if you would… and I’d appreciate it if you could …
- I’d be grateful if you could send me a copy of your catalogue?
- I was wondering if I could have a quote by Friday?
1. Play a quick round of memory to see if you can match the ‘if’ phrase to the function
2. Match the phrases to make full sentences
3. Write your own examples in the comments for feedback 👇
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