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Single Idea 9723

[catalogued under 10. Modality / B. Possibility / 8. Conditionals / f. Pragmatics of conditionals]

Full Idea

Not all sentences using 'if' are conditionals. Consider 'if you want a banana, there is one in the kitchen'. The rough test is that a conditional can be rewritten as 'that A implies that B'.

Gist of Idea

Sentences with 'if' are only conditionals if they can read as A-implies-B


Herbert B. Enderton (A Mathematical Introduction to Logic (2nd) [2001], 1.6.4)

Book Reference

Enderton,Herbert B.: 'A Mathematical Introduction to Logic' [Academic Press 2001], p.10