If it is to/when it comes to/in order to

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GermanStudent

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Hey,
I'm wondering about the usage of "if it is to" in the following quote: "A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge."
Can "if it is to" used similar to "when it comes to"? (When it comes to keep the edge of a sword, you need a whetstone ...)
Or is it possible to use "in order to" instead of "if it is to"? (You need a whetstone in order to keep the edge ...)

Or has "if it is to" an entirely different meaning (in this case)?

Many thanks in advance!

Best regards
GermanStudent
 
  • GermanStudent

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    German
    That would be a fair equivalent. :thumbsup:
    Hello grassy,
    many thanks for your reply.
    Do you have any source that shows how to use "if it is to"? I can't find anything. I'm wondering especially about the usage of "if" in this part of the sentence. In my opinion isn't this a conditional sentence and the "if" is therefore redunant or useless ...

    Best regards
    GermanStudent
     
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