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"If only" is a phrase which is often translated as "si tan solo", and "as if" is a conjunction which is often translated as "como si". Learn more about the difference between "if only" and "as if" below.
if only(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (wishing for something)
a. si tan solo
If only I had caught the bus earlier, I would have made it to the theater on time.Si tan sólo hubiera subido al autobús más temprano, habría llegado al teatro a tiempo.
b. ojalá
If only my cat could talk!¡Ojalá mi gato pudiera hablar!
c. si solo
If only I'd worn my helmet, I wouldn't have gotten so badly hurt.Si sólo hubiera llevado mi casco, no me habría lastimado tanto.
2. (even if)
a. aunque sea
I wish I could see you again, if only for one night.Espero que pudiera verte de nuevo, aunque sea por una noche.
3. (giving a reason)
a. aunque más no sea
Tyrone is very sad right now, if only because his bike was stolen.Tyrone está muy triste ahora mismo, aunque más no sea porque su bici fue robado.
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as if(
ahz
 
ihf
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A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (as though)
a. como si
You stole from me, and then acted as if you were the victim.Me robaste y luego te portaste como si tú fueras la víctima.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
2.
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(used to express skepticism)
a. ¡Sí, cómo no!
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
I won the lottery. - As if!Gané la lotería. - ¡Sí, cómo no!
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