Except if... / If

Wookie

Senior Member
Korea, Korean
Except if this car was stolen, the ignition lock would be punched, right?

What does "Except if..." mean?
Is it probably the same as "If this car was stolen...."?
 
  • sinagua980

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    Well, "except" just means that there were other options that had been suggested before. They are trying to deduce what happened. He probably just negated another idea due to the fact that the ignition lock was not punched.
     
    I am assuming this is being said in contradiction to something said immediately before it. Someone probably said "This car was stolen", and it is being pointed out that the car does not show the typical signs of a stolen car.

    There should be a comma there: Except, if this car was stolen, the ignition lock ...
     
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