if not


used to talk about the negative result or effect of something
You should study. If not, you won't pass the test.
used to express surprise about meeting someone when it is not expected
So I went to the game and who should I see there if not my old friend Tom!

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“If not.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/if%20not. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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