Terry Gross did it again last night on one of my favorite radio programs, Fresh Air.
“If you are just joining us, my guest tonight is Toni Morrison.”
Deep, deep sigh.
For those of us listening to the whole show, who is your guest? Someone else?
The construction “if…then” has two parts, with a basic understanding that “if not, then something different”.
So, how about this, Terry Gross, and all the other offenders?
“My guest tonight is Toni Morrison.” No need for extra words, conclusions, conditions. Just tell us what you want to tell us. Don’t try to get all fancy.
Here’s another one – “I am in the conference room if anyone is looking for me.”
I hear it all the time at work. If I know the person can take it, I will ask them where they will be if no-one is looking for them. 🙂
I am in the conference room. If anyone asks, please tell them where I am. If they don’t, then do what you want about it.