if possible

nguyen dung

Senior Member
Vietnamese
In "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" of J.K Rowlling there is sentence:

Moaning Myrtle was crying, if possible, louder and harder than ever before.

What is the meaning of "if possible" in this context?
 
  • nguyen dung

    Senior Member
    Vietnamese
    Now she was crying lounder and harder.So it is a confirmative situation.Why here do we use the presumption ("if possible")?
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    When she cried before they thought that was the loudest and hardest possible crying anyone could ever do. They didn't believe it was possible to top that. So now they have some doubt if she really could be crying louder and harder. But she seems to be doing so (something they thought was impossible).
     
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