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Last revised 31 August 2017
7. A slew of ifs

The word ‘if’ turns up regularly in argument and knowing how to handle it is crucial. Here’s an extreme test.

The following passage contains numerous ifs and a couple of ifs within ifs:
If the cat will die if it eats the stew, then so will the rat. But if the cat eats the stew, it’s bound to die. So if it eats the stew, the rat will die, since the rat will eat the stew if the cat does.
It’s easy enough in English but harder to pin down the logic.

If you have no trouble with this, you’ll have no trouble with the word ‘if’.