Monday, September 8, 2014

Real Life Conditional Statements

Sounds boring, I'm aware of that. It's basically applying math to English. We're doing this thing in math where you turn a conditional statement (a-->b form, a being the hypothesis and b being the conclusion) into another kind of statement. For example, the converse is b-->a form, the inverse is ~a-->~b form (~ meaning "negative" or "the opposite of"), and the contrapositive is ~b-->~a.
Now that's basically all you need to know, you can just skip the part in italics if you don't care. It's just more info to help you better understand this math thing. All you really need to know is that I used a math technique to make modern references.
The conditional of a given statement has the same meaning as the contrapositive.
The converse of a given statement has the same meaning as the inverse.
These are usually in "if-then" format, or you can use "disguises" to make them look different but mean the same thing. A biconditional statement is in "if and only if" form and combines all 4 forms.
Now that you know all those useless math words, I'll tell you some modern examples of how you can use this, because I came up with a few that I thought were pretty funny.
  • You erase if and only if you made a mistake. (biconditional)
    • If you make a mistake, then you erase. (converse/conditional)
    • If you erase, you made a mistake. (converse/conditional)
    • You erase every time you make a mistake. (converse/conditional)
    • You erase only if you make a mistake. (converse/conditional)
  • You take a selfie if and only if your hair looks good. (biconditional)
    • If you take a selfie, then your hair looks good. (converse/conditional)
    • If your hair looks good, then you take a selfie. (converse/conditional)
    • If your hair looks bad, then you don't take a selfie. (inverse/contrapositive)
  • You eat chicken pot pie only if you're not a vegetarian. (conditional)
    • If you eat chicken pot pie, then you're not a vegetarian. (same meaning)
    • If you're a vegetarian, then you don't eat chicken pot pie. (contrapositive)
  • If you like cats, then you are cool. (conditional)
    • If you are cool, then you like cats. (converse)
    • You are cool only if you like cats. (conditional)
  • If you use the word "rager," then you have Yik Yak. (conditional)
  • If you don't do summer reading, then you are lazy. (conditional)
  • If you don't eat doughnuts, then you will be skinny. (conditional)
  • If William and Kate have another baby, then they have a nanny or ten. (conditional)

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