After several minutes of thinking about this,I haven't found a satisfying one-word answer(yet!)I agree with Geoff that 'if not' is a goodcandidate for an answer, but I'm not fullysatisfied with it ... Perhaps the ? at theend of Geoff's comment means that HEisn't fully satisfied with it either :D))IMO the 'best' answer(s) will need toconvey/imply certainty (as opposed tothe completely conditional quality of "if").I will 'hmmmm' about this one some more!-- dhsh
Tell Miles his great-grandmothersays 'certainly' does the job ...-- ehh
How about SINCE ??What I like about this answer is thatit behaves just like IF, in everydaysentence structure.-- dhsh
"Unless" might work. Like "if not", it reverses the condition. While this reversal could be considerd an opposite, in my mind it is actually just another way to say the same thing. "If >" becomes "unless <=". "Because" (or as dhsh mentioned, "since") could be thought of as reversing directionality (or possibly causality). "If A, B" becomes "B since A" (or "B because A"). Like "unless", it still seems to contain a conditional element however. It might not even be a reversal at all (just a juxtaposition of A and B) as the condition itself still flows the same way (B is a result of A no matter how it is stated)."Whether or not" seems more like an opposite than either "unless" or "because" to me. It eliminates the conditional element (B no longer requires A), but I can't think of a way to say it using just one word (although this is not explicitly stated as a requirement).
I'm going to show all these responses to Miles and see what he thinks!
Miles likes SINCE / BECAUSE best.
I'm happy to read about Miles' decision. Hopefully I will stop thinking about it now that I know.I was starting to doubt the existence of an opposite of "if". When A if B makes sense, but when A whether or not B, I'm normally just going to say A (why bother with B at all).
Bruce, I am glad that you recognize that Miles is the authority on the issue! :-)I hope thinking about it did not make you insomniac!
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