Translation of if in Spanish:

if

si, conj.

Pronunciation /ɪf//ɪf/

conjunction

  • 1

    • 1.1

      si
      if you're good, I'll read you a story si te portas bien, te leeré un cuento
      • let me know if you hear anything si oyes algo, dímelo
      • if I had it, I would give it to you si lo tuviera, te lo daría
      • I'd help you if I could te ayudaría si pudiera
      • he would have come if he'd known habría / hubiera venido si hubiera sabido
      • if treated with care si se lo trata con cuidado

  • 2

    (whether)
    si
    they asked if he had left preguntaron si se había ido
    • she doesn't care if you win or lose no le importa que pierdas o ganes
  • 3

    (though)
    aunque
    si bien
    it's a good plot, if a complicated one es un buen argumento, aunque complicado / si bien es complicado
  • 4

    • 4.1(in requests)

      if you'll all follow me, please síganme, por favor / ¿quieren seguirme, por favor?
      • shall I put the tray here? — if you would ¿pongo aquí la bandeja? — se lo agradecería
      • If I could trouble you to try a little exercise, it will help to elucidate.
      • If you wouldn't mind giving me your email address, I will have her write to you to answer your questions and offer experienced advice.

    • 4.2(indicating surprise)

      well, if it isn't Mike Britton! ¡pero si es Mike Britton!
      • if that doesn't beat everything! ¡eso sí que bate todos los récords!
      • Well, well, well, if it isn't a revision update.
      • Nothing like a friendly reminder at the end of the week that I would be very lucky if I could just be left alone to do my work.


noun

  • 1

    if the venture succeeds, and it's a big if, then … si la empresa tiene éxito, que no es decir poco / lo cual está por verse, entonces …
    • a lot of ifs and buts muchas condiciones y salvedades
    • With ifs and buts about almost everything else in the race Castleruanna is the ideal start to your betting weekend.
    • These are big ifs and you don't have to believe in chaos theory to see that the economic consequences of what happened yesterday could be severe.
    • There were no mights, no ifs, no buts, no doubts, no qualifications.
    • Yet another may allow that torture is justified for another set of ifs.
    • What the Security Council absolutely should not do is pass some resolution that can then be picked apart by ifs and buts and caveats.
    • When a great new revolutionary idea hits the public, there are always doubters, raising niggling ifs and buts.
    • That might be too many ifs in the three years left until 2004, when the first major payout of over Rp 50 trillion falls due.
    • However there are always ifs and buts, and if anyone supposes I am trying to diminish Malcolm's win by making excuses, they are wrong.
    • Good days probably weren't on Lawler's mind as he sat out the dying minutes of the Westmeath game but for him the ifs and buts are always there.
    • It allows one to put out misleading simplifications as long as the caveats, ifs and buts are buried somewhere in the detailed material.
    • No ifs or buts about it, victory over the hour went to the better side.
    • No ifs or buts about the merits of the Dubs victory, although the margin of it, nine points, scarcely did justice to Waterford's brave effort.
    • Well, what are the buts, ifs and shoulds of this game in which Skellig Rangers were coasting with 11 minutes left?
    • What science will hazard instead of conclusions is a series of ifs.
    • It said it would not cut people's working conditions: ‘no ifs, no buts, no maybes’; and so on.
    • It's all about standards and looking back with no ifs or buts.
    • But if - if - and these are giant ifs, put them in italics because it's great uncertainty.
    • But frankly, that is more ifs than can be found in a Kipling poem.
    • No ifs, no buts, no questions - they're sending me to Cambridge for the nine-month Masters program.
    • And Graham had no ifs, ands or buts about what he thought, and that's what I was hoping Kerry would speak to.