only if

  1. never except when
    call me only if your cold gets worse
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How To Use only if In A Sentence

  • He comments that a patient might talk of a "shiner" whereas a doctor (holy of holies) would speak of a "periorbital ecchymosis," which is true only if you could imagine a doctor referring to cephalalgia instead of a headache or odontalgia instead of a toothache. VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol III No 1
  • Experience can contribute to connoisseurship, but only if the consumer tastes with attention and an open mind.
  • Many constitutions require that basic rights can be curtailed only if less onerous measures are not available.
  • PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Well, Lou, a senior defense official tells CNN that that consideration of using helicopters to rescue Americans would happen only if the Americans could not move over land to the seaport, which is the preferred option to get all the Americans out of Lebanon. CNN Transcript Jul 19, 2006
  • False perception can arise only if the nervous system has spontaneous activity independently of any causative external object.
  • A bloodless revolution is possible, but only if it's supported by a clear majority of the populace, who are no longer afraid to say what they think for fear of being shot.
  • I didn't clean, so we hired a maid who said she would do it only if our house were exorcized. A Country of Husbands
  • Typical lab tests can take hours (if not days) to analyze, process, and confirm a specific biological agent, and that's only if the lab knows exactly what antigen it's looking for.
  • He is an able builder and carpenter, but only if using the right stuff. Times, Sunday Times
  • His tour came after Serbian President Boris Tadic said that he would join other leaders in the Brdo at Kranj castle, but only if Kosovo was represented by the United Nations and their officials sit at the table with nameplates Kosovo-UNMIK (UN Mission in Kosovo). The Earth Times Online Newspaper
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