if + necessary | any | anything | in doubt (subject and verb ellipsis)

Here are EXPERT EXAMPLES of subject and verb ellipsis after ‘if’:

When you speak your character’s words, you can hear whether they sound naturaland fix them if necessary.

TED

*If necessary = if it is necessary.

Unlike the billions of people who have few options,

if any,

due to war, poverty or illness, you have plentiful opportunities to live decisively.

TED

*if any = if there are any.

 

  Planet Radio
If in doubt, don’t drive.
*if in doubt = in you are in doubt.

GSE 66 B2

omit subject + ‘be’ after ‘if’ in fixed expressions
‘if’ + adjective/NP/PP with omission of pronoun + ‘be’

An iWeb search for:

. if _JJ * *

1 . IF NECESSARY , YOU 1207
2 . IF NECESSARY , THE 1135
3 . IF SUCCESSFUL , THE 992
4 . IF POSSIBLE , TRY 847
5 . IF POSSIBLE , YOU 624
6 . IF POSSIBLE , USE 587

. if necessary|any|anything ,

1 . IF ANYTHING , 18078
2 . IF NECESSARY , 10786
3 . IF ANY , 111 (this appears to be very rare at the front)

if necessary|any|anything .

1 IF NECESSARY . 56274
2 IF ANY . 12531
3 IF ANYTHING . 2717

1 IF IN DOUBT , ASK 513
2 IF IN DOUBT , PLEASE 447
3 IF IN DOUBT , DO 402
4 IF IN DOUBT , CHECK 341
5 IF IN DOUBT , YOU 285
6 IF IN DOUBT , CONTACT 243
7 IF IN DOUBT . 208
8 IF IN DOUBT , JUST 206
9 IF IN DOUBT , USE 195
10 IF IN DOUBT , ALWAYS 194

* * if necessary|any|anything .

1 . REPEAT IF NECESSARY . 303
2 BY FORCE IF NECESSARY . 181
3 OVER-ALLOTMENTS , IF ANY . 178
4 IT , IF NECESSARY . 175
5 AND REPEAT IF NECESSARY . 173
6 MORE WATER IF NECESSARY . 168
7 AND REPLACE IF NECESSARY . 160
8 AND ADJUST IF NECESSARY . 156
9 BE USED IF NECESSARY . 123
10 CONTACT YOU IF NECESSARY . 102
11 FEES , IF ANY . 98
12 AND PEPPER IF NECESSARY . 88
13 THEM , IF NECESSARY . 81
14 AND REPLACED IF NECESSARY . 77
15 VALUE , IF ANY . 75
16 IN COURT IF NECESSARY . 71
17 AGAIN , IF NECESSARY . 67
18 ) , IF ANY . 65
19 FORCE , IF NECESSARY . 65
20 TAXES , IF ANY . 63
21 TIME , IF NECESSARY . 63
22 IT UP IF NECESSARY . 63
23 MAKE CHANGES IF NECESSARY . 61
24 CHARGES , IF ANY . 61
25 ADD MORE IF NECESSARY . 61
26 TREATMENT , IF NECESSARY . 60
27 THE FUTURE IF NECESSARY . 60
28 YOU , IF NECESSARY . 57
29 THE SEASONING IF NECESSARY . 57
30 MUCH , IF ANYTHING . 57
31 BE REMOVED IF NECESSARY . 56
32 MORE SALT IF NECESSARY . 56
33 NUMBER , IF ANY . 55
34 ) , IF NECESSARY . 55
35 BE ADDED IF NECESSARY . 55
36 AND TREATED IF NECESSARY . 55
37 BE REPEATED IF NECESSARY . 55
38 INFORMATION , IF NECESSARY . 54
39 REPLACE IT IF NECESSARY . 53
40 BE MADE IF NECESSARY . 53
41 . REPLACE IF NECESSARY . 53
42 ACTION , IF NECESSARY . 52
43 A DAY IF NECESSARY . 52
44 MORE OIL IF NECESSARY . 51
45 IT , IF ANY . 51
46 FOR YOU IF NECESSARY . 51
47 FEW , IF ANY . 50
48 DIFFERENCE , IF ANY . 49
49 IN BATCHES IF NECESSARY . 49
50 WATER , IF NECESSARY . 49

if _II _NN

1 IF IN DOUBT 12266
2 IF IN FACT 3482
3 IF BY CHANCE 2427
4 IF BY MAGIC 1608
5 IF ON CUE 763
6 IF AT TIMES 710
7 IF AT ANYTIME 438
8 IF BY ACCIDENT 253
9 IF IN WRITING 195
10 IF BY SEA 192


B1:
action, charges, court, doubt, fees, necessary, removed, replace, replaced, successful, taxes, value

B2:
adjust, force, treated, treatment