When And If or If And When? Which one is correct and what does it mean?
Feb 1, 2016 12:48 PM
Answers · 4
The expression is normally "if and when....", but "if or when" is also OK. The word "only" often appears before "if", to give added emphasis. Here is an example: "I will help him with his English only if and when he starts to study it seriously." The "if" expresses my condition. The "when" tells him that I won't help him until the time when he starts studying English. You don't really need both "if" and "when" to express the idea, but doing so adds emphasis and seriousness to your statement.
February 1, 2016
"If and when" is correct. And it means "if" and can be used at the ​time that something ​happens: ex.: We don't own a ​car. We just ​rent one if and when we need it. Reference: Cambridge Dictionary
February 1, 2016
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