3V1252.01 Pure Conditionals (6/27/81)

Last observation was not accurate or complete. This becomes clear from a very surprising thing Peggy said as she and I had breakfast this morning (actually, I believe she finished first, then returned to the table): “Dad, if I want some orange juice?” I looked at her and asked, “What was that ?” She answered, “If I want some orange juice.” “Do you want me to get you some orange juice?” “No,” she replied, “I said IF.”

From this interchange, it is clear that Peggy appreciates the limiting aspect of using IF but also that she does not recognize its incompleteness.

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