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My friend who learns chinese sent me this. The google translator says that it means "if there".. Is this the right translation? Because to me, i think that five chinese characters should mean something more than just 'if there'

  • Could be If there really is… or If you (he/she/they/…) really have…. – Drunken Master Jul 13 '16 at 6:09
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It depends on the context of your conversation, but by literal translation it means 'if there really is', 如果 meaning if, 真的 meaning real/really, meaning is/has/exists. In general you can understand it as 'if it really happens/exists/does' or 'if it happens for real'.

  • No problem, hope that helps :) – Gracegotlost Jul 13 '16 at 1:15
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我有一部手機... 如果真的有(一部手機)... 
某事據說已發生了... 如果真的有(這件事)...

In simple words, it means "if there really is". The object part is omitted.

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