how to use what if

Hero Asked on 24/03/2015 in English Grammar.
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How to use WHAT IF:

1. What if is usually used in the beginning of a question, when we ask about the consequences of an action. We use what if here to indicate present or future situations.

For example,

  • What if there is no fish in the river? You won’t be able to fish then.
  • What if I go home earlier, and miss all the fun?


2. We also use what if to indicate past situations.

For example,

  • What if you broke the glasses? Your mom would be furious!
  • What if the boat sank? You would have drowned!

You might have notice that what if questions is just another way of expressing conditionals.

We could have said:

  • If there is no fish in the river, you won’t be able to swim.


  •  If the boat sank, you would have drowned.

So, remember when you use what if – that it’s just another way to express conditionals. 🙂


Read more:
5 Conditionals with IF and WHEN



You can also use SUPPOSE or SUPPOSING instead of WHAT IF.

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For example,

  • Suppose, you broke the glasses?
  • Supposing, the boat sank?
Hero Answered on 24/03/2015.
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