Can anyone explain this use of もし? I thought it had to come before ~たら or ~えば.


  • I think that means "If that is the person you saw on television, please tell us on twitter!" I take もし to mean hypothetically. If you think about it, that's what it means as kind of an extra "if" in the たら and えば constructions – virmaior Dec 31 '13 at 4:13
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    @virmaior, I think it means "People who saw it on TV, please tell us on twitter", for a couple of reasons. 1:方 is more likely to refer to the addressee than a 3rd person. 2:the missing なら/だったら/であれば, which would be missing in your interpretation, annoys me more than the superfluous もし in my interpretation. – dainichi Dec 31 '13 at 4:43
  • @dainichi, I think you are right regarding the 方! Thanks for explaining. What do you think of "If you are a person who saw it on television, please tell us on twitter." (here I'm trying to deal with the という). I don't the もし winds up as superfluous with the translation I'm suggesting in this one the もし then pairs with という. – virmaior Dec 31 '13 at 5:27

I find this slightly non-standard, but fully understandable. I think it's a mix of the sentences

テレビで観たという方、ぜひぜひ... People who saw it on TV, please...


もしテレビで観たという方がいれば、ぜひぜひ... If anybody saw it on TV, please...

I don't think there's a hard rule that もし has to go with ~たら or ~えば, but it needs to precede some kind of condition. For example, もし~場合(は) and もし~とき(は) are also possible.

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