Business Conditions: Part 2

 

expressing conditions 2

 

    Business conditions are either defined by the environment in which they exist or by the businesses themselves. Regardless of the reasons, these conditions shape businesses and introduce a guideline for them. More general conditions are introduced by the law, either international or domestic, as well as by the economy or the market. Companies also have their own rules and regulations that enable them to structure their organization and activities. In business conditions part 1, we discussed four linking words and phrases to express certain conditions as well their results or consequence. In this post we review four more.

 

    provided that/providing

    otherwise

    even if

    in case

 

provided that/providing

    These two phrases express a condition and the freedom it provides. Both of the forms are used in the middle of the sentence or at the beginning. In addition, they can be used interchangeably. First, the result is stated, and then the condition follows. The word that can be omitted.

 

Example 1

Employees are free to work from home, provided that they accomplish their tasks on time.

 

Example 2

Provided that the contract draft is proofread, it can be sent to the CEO.

 

Example 3

The new project can be run, providing the budget allocation is approved.

 

 

Otherwise

    In some cases, instead of expressing the result of the occurrence of a condition, we can stress the consequences of not meeting it. To express the consequences of not following a certain condition, this words can be used. Therefore, in a sentence, the condition or conditions are first given, and then the consequence preceded by otherwise.

 

Example 4

The advance payment must be paid before June 15, otherwise a new Proforma invoice is required.

 

Example 5

All goods have to be delivered in good condition, otherwise they will be sent back.

 

even if

    In some cases, a condition can affect the result. It can either lead to a desired one or take it away. Even if, states an unlikely or a significant condition as well as the subsequent result. This word can appear at the beginning of the sentence or in the middle. Such conditions mean that all other possibilities have been considered.

 

Example 6

Even if the marketing team manages to find lots of customers, the company can only supply goods to a few at every one time.

 

Example 7

Nate has no chance of promotion, even if the CEO himself asked for it.

 

in case

    Another form that can be used to state a condition is by using in case. This form is similar to conditions express by if, with in case being more formal. This form can also appear both in the middle of the sentence and at the beginning.

 

Example 8

In case the manager changes her mind about her resignation, she can attend the meeting.

 

Example 9

Companies keep a percentage of the profit as reserves in case there is a need for more capital.

 

 

Other forms of conditions

    The following forms are also used to express certain conditions using when and who.

 

Example 10 (when)

A breach of the contract can occur when a party fails to deliver on the promises made in the contract.

 

Example 11 (who)

A promotion is offered to employees who have shown discipline and creativity within their employment period.

 

Conclusion

    All the examples above express a condition followed by their results or consequences. They of a variety of forms which can be used by Business English speakers to express rules, laws, or requirements as well as to impose them.

 

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