IF clause + imperative

Here are two English Grammar Profile points at A2 that overlap formally.

Point 9 in the category of CLAUSES/conditional is defined:

‘if’ + present simple, with an imperative in the main clause.

Point 22 in the category of CLAUSES/conditional is defined as:

HEDGING: ‘if-‘ clause (‘if you want’, ‘like’, ‘prefer’) to soften the directness of imperatives, offers or suggestions.

*This partly overlaps ‘a limited range of conjunctions’


A search in iWeb for:

If _P want|like|prefer , _V


1 IF YOU LIKE , ADD 142

  The Mercury News

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If you like, add an organic egg on top.

 

 


2 IF YOU LIKE , IS 142

3 IF YOU PREFER , USE 105
4 IF YOU WANT , ADD 104
5 IF YOU WANT , GO 75
6 IF YOU PREFER , CALL 71
7 IF YOU WANT , USE 71
8 IF YOU WANT , TRY 55
9 IF YOU WANT , MAKE 50
10 IF YOU WANT , TAKE 49
11 IF YOU LIKE , USE 47
12 IF YOU WANT , FEEL 46
13 IF YOU LIKE , TAKE 44
14 IF YOU WANT , CHECK 44
15 IF YOU WANT , SEND 41
16 IF YOU WANT , SAY 41
17 IF YOU PREFER , IS 37
18 IF YOU WANT , HAVE 37
19 IF YOU WANT , GET 36
20 IF YOU LIKE , TRY 36
21 IF YOU LIKE , MAKE 36
22 IF YOU WANT , DO 36
23 IF YOU PREFER , SEND 29
24 IF YOU WANT , CLICK 29
25 IF YOU PREFER , TAKE 26
26 IF YOU WANT , GIVE 25
27 IF YOU WANT , LET 25
28 IF YOU PREFER , MAKE 25
29 IF YOU PREFER , ADD 25
30 IF YOU PREFER , CAN 23
31 IF YOU LIKE , HAVE 23
32 IF YOU LIKE , ARE 23
33 IF YOU LIKE , GO 22
34 IF YOU LIKE , BRING 21
35 IF YOU LIKE , HAS 21
36 IF YOU LIKE , WAS 20
37 IF YOU PREFER , TRY 20
38 IF YOU LIKE , SEND 20
39 IF YOU LIKE , FEEL 20
40 IF YOU LIKE , DO 19
41 IF YOU LIKE , GIVE 19
42 IF YOU LIKE , CHECK 19
43 IF YOU WANT , CHOOSE 18
44 IF YOU WANT , IS 17
45 IF YOU LIKE , SPRINKLE 17
46 IF YOU WANT , ENTER 17
47 IF YOU WANT , CREATE 16
48 IF YOU LIKE , USING 16
49 IF YOU LIKE , CHANGE 16
50 IF YOU WANT , TELL 15

A2 vocabulary:

add, bring, call, check, click, enter, let, try


(the following are not all going to match our grammar)

. _V if _P want|like|prefer

1 . DECIDE IF YOU WANT 204
2 . SEE IF YOU LIKE 87
3 . SELECT IF YOU WANT 66
4 . CHOOSE IF YOU WANT 59
5 . LIKE IF YOU WANT 55
6 . REMEMBER IF YOU WANT 39
7 . DETERMINE IF YOU WANT 29
8 . DEPENDS IF YOU WANT 25
9 . LAUGH IF YOU WANT 22
10 . LIKE IF I WANT 21