One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Said when politely inviting a listener or reader to do something or when using an unusual or fanciful term.‘imagine, if you will, a typical silversmith's shop’
- ‘What is your sense of the depth of the problem, if you will, and what can be done?’
- ‘Just give it a try, if you will, and let me know how it goes in our next session.’
- ‘Imagine, if you will, that you have the magical power to see two scenes ahead in a film.’
- ‘Allow me, if you will, to give you a random sample of the goods, translated from the original German.’
- ‘Imagine this scene if you will: a married couple in the throws of passion is interrupted by a man in a white mask.’
- ‘So with America firmly in mind, consider the final news item if you will.’
- ‘Consider for a moment, if you will, the exquisitely delicate hues of this astoundingly lovely tunicate.’
- ‘Imagine, if you will, what would happen if the concept were to be transferred to racing.’
- ‘Imagine, if you will, the ruins of an ancient abbey set in a secluded valley on the Kent / Sussex border.’
- ‘Enjoy with me then, if you will, a fabulous piece of creative writing.’
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