LS Refresher 36 : If Vs. When

Do you get confused between the words”if” and “when”? If so, check this post to know more about them.

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According to Cambridge Dictionary, we use if to introduce a possible or unreal situation or condition. We use when to refer to the time of a future situation or condition that we are certain.

You can only go in if you’ve got your ticket.

When I’m older, I’d love to be a dancer.

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If Giles comes back to the office, can you tell him I’ve gone home.The speaker does not know whether Giles is coming back to the office. It is possible, but not definite.
When Giles comes back to
the office, can you tell him I’ve gone home.
The speaker is certain that Giles is coming back to the office.

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