What Is Their Main Difference?
The main difference between 'as if' and 'if' is that they are used to convey different meanings and messages. 'As if' is used for comparison while 'if' introduces a condition.
Similarities and Differences
Parts of Speech
'As if' and 'if' are similar in their parts of speech.
They both are conjunctions. They are also classified as subordinating conjunctions.
However, there is a small distinction that requires attention:
- 'As if' functions as the cause and effect subordinating conjunction.
- 'if' functions as the conditional subordinating conjunction.
Take a look at the following examples:
She would help a charity
As mentioned earlier, we use 'as if' to express how an action is done compared to another mainly to point out similarities. Have a look:
We use 'if' in conditional sentences. The if- clause introduces the condition and the main clause represents the result. We use 'if' with all types of conditionals. Have a look:
We would go to the park,
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