sueyanglala
What's the difference among "if any, if anything, if ever"
Feb 15, 2016 1:41 AM
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I believe you are asking the question in relation to the use of these phrases as clauses, such as, "we only drink alcoholic beverages during Spring Festival, if ever" or "if anything, his words do not match his deeds". These expressions all introduce an opposite idea. Some words are omitted because they are understood. "If (we) ever (drink), we only drink alcoholic beverages during Spring Festival." Or "if (his words match) anything, his words do not match his deeds". So, to answer your question, the difference depends on context.
February 15, 2016
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