only <when><if> you raise your hand

yuand

Senior Member
Chinese
Sample test:
In Beijing, taxis are in the streets 24 hours a day. It is easy for us to take a taxi only ____ you raise your hand.
A. when
B. if

Source:
From a textbook.

Explanation:
The given answer is when, while I think if is better, because only if implies that taking a taxi in Beijing is extremely easy, which is the natural result of the former sentence. The use of only when makes me feel the sentence is talking about the essential requirement of taking a taxi.

Question:
Is if an answer better than when?
 
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Yes, "only" doesn't belong at all. It sounds like it might be a mistranslation of "simply".

    - In Beijing, taxis are in the streets 24 hours a day. It is easy for us to take a taxi simply by raise raising your our hand.
     
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