Look about and see if you can find “IF.” Tell me your IF Ghaythaa.
Imagine ! Everything begins within our minds stories , inventions , peace and even wars .It is all about our ideas nothing is certain 100% everything swinging between YES /NO and other unknown answers . All complicated or simple thoughts that led to great or unknown accomplishments begin with assumption . It is the word ‘IF‘ that opens the doors to unlimited possibilities in literature and in our real life to create and recreate the world we are living in .
As a matter of fact ; the word ‘IF’ used widely in literature for the varied connotations that it could invoke in reader’s mind . Poetry , fiction , nonfiction and drama are rich of hypothesis , suppositions , doubt , improbable situations and possibilities ‘IF’ can be used in all of these situations and even more than that . ‘IF’ overlooks your life and gives you sometimes an advice or the choice “to be or not to be ” like in kipling’s poem IF
“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!”
That is to say ‘IF’ connotation isn’t restricted to literature , it also shapes our real life .
Therefore ; the magical word ‘IF’ and it’s grammatical rules are simply a reflection of the real life . For example , the sentence ( I will be the first if I work hard .) defined in grammar as follows “an action in the future can only happen if a certain condition is fulfilled by that time ” . Another example ( If I knocked the door , she would opened it .) and the grammar states that ” the condition can’t be fulfilled any longer , because it should have been happened in the past but it didn’t ” . The grammar rules of ‘IF’ imitate the real life and proves that “life is full of IF’s ” . We regret things that we did do or we didn’t do but life is not going to take you back so ‘IF’ enable us to foresee the future from the today’s widow to decide which will be our past . Thus , you can start with if but don’t end with it . In grammar rules and in real life our actions make our dreams come true and make the conditional IF fulfilled or unfulfilled .
All in all , If gives us the ability to regret , imagine , foresee the future , put hypothesis and endless possibilities in literature and in real life IF recreate the world with the power of a word .
By Ghaythaa Deeb , Syria .