Only if you approve the shipping charges we will ask for your credit card details.

1st clause = Only if you approve the shipping charges

2nd clause = we will ask for your credit card details

The above sentence consists of two clauses. Am I right?
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The order should be switched or you should switch we and will.

Only if you approve the shipping charges will we ask for your credit card details.

We will ask for your credit card details only if you approve the shipping charges.
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WwwdotcomThe order should be switched or you should switch we and will.

Only if you approve the shipping charges will we ask for your credit card details.

We will ask for your credit card details only if you approve the shipping charges.
But are there two clauses in that sentence? Would you like to explain that why should the order be changed?
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Please clarify. Why should the order of what be changed? I made a couple switches. Please point out the ones you want clarification on.
The above sentence consists of two clauses. Am I right?
Yes, you are right.

On an unrelated issue, your sentence begins with only. That means the we will in the second clause should be will we.

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CalifJim wrote:

On an unrelated issue, your sentence begins with only. That means the we will in the second clause should be will we.

Though I have another thread related to this problem, let's give it a try here. Why should the we will be changed to will we in the second clause, if sentence is starting with only? Is there some special reason?
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Why should the we will be changed to will we in the second clause, if sentence is starting with only? Is there some special reason?
Yes. The reason is that it is a rule of English grammar.

Only with great care should you attempt this procedure.
(not you should)
You should attempt this procedure only with great care. (you should, because only occurs later in the sentence.)

Only by talking to all people involved can we understand what has happened.
(not we can)
We can understand what has happened only by talking to all people involved. (we can, because only occurs later in the sentence.)

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Hi CalifJim,

The way you explain things is very helpful to people like me. Thank you.




Only if you approve the shipping charges will we ask for your credit card details.

Is this true that in the above sentence:

main clause = will we ask for your credit card details

and

subordinate clause = Only if you approve the shipping charges?
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Yes, your analysis of main clause and subordinate clause is correct.

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