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  • Writer's pictureMiss Frances

Use 'if' and 'when' correctly...or it can be VERY WORRYING!!!

If you live in Hong Kong or Macau, I think you see this sign all the time in the lift lobby. But this 'official' sticker / sign is actually not right...or sounds scary and worrying --- 'WHEN there is a fire...', No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't expect or want fire on a regular basis!!! Yes, accidents happen. So 'IF there is fire', of course, I won't take the lift (U.K. English) / elevator (U.S. English)! From now on, let's hope only 'IF THERE IS A FIRE', never 'WHEN THERE IS A FIRE' !!!

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