What are red words?
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are morefrequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
- 1in a possible or imagined situation
- a.used for introducing a situation that may happen or may be real, especially when talking about its results
If we miss the last bus, we'll have to walk home.
If anyone has found a bunch of keys, would they please leave them on my desk.if you want/like:
You can come and stay with us if you want.if so (=if this is true):
Are you planning to return to work, and if so, who is going to look after the baby?if not (=if this is not true):
Has anyone dealt with the technical problems? And if not, why not?if necessary/if possible (=if it is necessary/possible):
We are ready to fight for our rights if necessary.
I should like to be back here by 10.30 if possible.
- c.used for introducing a situation that does not exist now and is unlikely or impossible, especially when talking about its imaginary results
If Luke paid more attention in class, he would achieve better results.
If Freud were alive today, he would approve of our methods.
If you should happen to meet Diane, would you give her a message.
If anyone were to complain, I should merely tell them to write to the manager.even if:
I'd never sell this painting, even if they offered me a million dollars.
- 5used for saying how you feel about a possibility
- 6used in requests spoken
if it were not for/if it had not been for
if I were youspoken
if onlymainly spoken