если

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Etymology[edit]

From есть ‎(jestʹ) + ли ‎(li). Appeared in XVI-XVII centuries in Western Russian, likely Polish influence[1].

Conjunction[edit]

е́сли ‎(jésli)

  1. if, in case
    Я бы пошёл в кино́, е́сли бы у меня́ бы́ло вре́мя.
    Ja by pošól v kinó, jésli by u menjá býlo vrémja.
    I would have gone to the cinema if I had had time.
    а е́слиa jésli ― if ever
    е́сли иjésli i ― even though
    е́сли толькоjésli tolʹko ― provided

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Trubachev's comment in Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary