Chinese Grammar: Expressing possiblity with 的话
Now that you're familiar with the two-part "if... then" pattern, 如果...就 (read the lesson here), let's show you how to take expressing possibilities a little further. Introducing the "If" sandwich with 如果...的话!
You use it with 如果 to strengthen the possibility you're expressing.
Why is that? Because using two words that mean "if" in your sentence reinforces the fact you are talking about a possibility. As you'll see, using several very similar-meaning words in a sentence is a common way of reinforcing a meaning in Chinese.
Since you're using two "if" words, this structure is a little more formal than if you just used only one if. Don't fret, though; it doesn't become overly formal either. You can still easily use this structure in verbal speech. It's great to use when you want to add a little dramatic flair.
Open-faced sandwich with just 的话
Ready to go practice using these grammar words to express possibility? I bet you are!
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