providing as a conjunction?

When using 'providing' as a conjunction, do you always use a present-tense clause after it? 

Or can it be used just like 'if', for instance, "Providing I were a bird..."

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago
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    You could never say "Providing I were a bird,..."

    An example:  "Providing he arrives by 8pm he will be able to join us on the boat.  He knows that we have do depart on the evening tide."

    'Providing' almost always relates to a real possibility.   In my example 'he' is a chap who is known to be late sometimes, but we know that he is really keen to be with us on the voyage, so he might get his act together and arrive before 8pm.  (If he does not arrive in time, we sail without him.)

  • 4 weeks ago

    you could sometimes use "providing (that) something" as a hypothetical and fall into the subjunctive voice, if that is your question.

  • 4 weeks ago

    " provided " can be used in a present-tense clause.

    We shall go provided ( providing ) the weather is fine.

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