If ..., So ....

HSS

Senior Member
Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
The following 'if ...' sentence stands natural without 'so.' Would it also sound natural with 'so' like this?

If your film career has declined, so you should fix it by accepting roles in TV dramas for a year or so.
Is this construct somewhat common in conversation?
 
  • hjs45

    Senior Member
    English [United Kingdom]
    The "so" here jars the sentence. The standard "if" construction does not include "so", since the condition is already predicated, whereas so refers to a affirmative statement rather than a conditional. So you have two options:

    "If your film career has declined, you should fix it by..."

    "Your film career has declind, so you should fix it by..."
     

    HSS

    Senior Member
    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    Thanks, hjs45. I was seeing a movie, and the man just mumbled 'If' and started clearly saying the rest. He must have changed his way of saying what he intended to mean halfway through, and instead of starting it over he must have gone on saying it.

    Thanks again.

    Hiro
     
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