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Quick Question

Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:10 pm
by secretad
How to symbolize this statement...

"If only I could do Z would I be happy."

I am trying to visualize this in my mind if that only is referring to the only thing that can make me happy or what.

Is it Z->happy or happy->z

Re: Quick Question

Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:22 pm
by pu_golf88
Do you mean "If only I could do Z, then I would be happy"?

Z -> happy

Re: Quick Question

Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:25 pm
by secretad
Thank you. Yes, that is another way of saying that same statement.

Re: Quick Question

Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:09 am
by Fianna13
I don't think he's right. If only introduces a necessary statement, a better wording would be I would be happy if only i could do Z, which means if I'm happy, then i must have done Z, the diagram would be happy --> Z. The other post confused if only with If.

Re: Quick Question

Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:50 am
by suspicious android
Fianna13 wrote:I don't think he's right. If only introduces a necessary statement, a better wording would be I would be happy if only i could do Z, which means if I'm happy, then i must have done Z, the diagram would be happy --> Z. The other post confused if only with If.


Nope. You're confusing "if only" with "only if". The clear meaning of the sentence is that Z is enough to make the person happy, but perhaps X or Y would suffice as well.

Re: Quick Question

Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:20 pm
by EarlCat
suspicious android wrote:
Fianna13 wrote:I don't think he's right. If only introduces a necessary statement, a better wording would be I would be happy if only i could do Z, which means if I'm happy, then i must have done Z, the diagram would be happy --> Z. The other post confused if only with If.


Nope. You're confusing "if only" with "only if". The clear meaning of the sentence is that Z is enough to make the person happy, but perhaps X or Y would suffice as well.


^This. "If only" does not indicate necessity. It indicates sufficiency.

Re: Quick Question

Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:15 pm
by DarkPhantom
lol, as soon as I saw the OP's question, I figured he or someone was about to confused If only, with Only if.