The word “IF” is a word fraught with possibilities—past, present, and future. This word is almost connected in some way to “THEN” in terms of reasoning. The word suggests that something else might have happened, or might happen, or will possibly happen.
In ways, this word is a sorrowful word when used in the past tense, proposing that the outcome of something undesirable might have been avoided. Yet, the word also leads to possible wonderful outcomes. The word “IF” is a remarkably useful word.
Rudyard Kipling liked it so much that he wrote his famous poem IF, which I won’t quote or print out for you. Mathematicians like it a lot. Moms use it all the time, “If you eat all the broccoli, then…” Rocket scientists use it, too.
Sadly, I have used it too often. “If only I had…If I hadn’t…” The word opens a whole bag of regrets and bad memories.
Now, fortunately, I am using the word in present and future tenses more and more. “If I use this word…If I try this instead…”
Yes, the word IF is one very busy word.
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