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Is the construction “если бы она была, то верь, что они успеют” grammatical?

I was taught that hypothetical conditional statements in Russian always require the past tense and the hypothetical marker "бы" both in the main clause and dependent clause, like in the example below: ...
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Is “если есть” a kind of tautology?

Wiktionary says that the word если ("if") originated from есть ли (literally "whether is"): Происходит от стар. естьли (ещё у Карамзина), ср.: укр. єсли, польск. jeśli, др.-польск. jestli, чешск. ...
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Are clauses with “который” restrictive or non-restrictive by default?

Let's consider the following sentence, which I just found in Google as an illustrative example: Наиболее опасные из акул – тигровые акулы, которые обитают в тропических водах. Two interpretations ...
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What is function of “чего” in this sentence?

У них есть энтузиазм и искренняя преданность своему делу, чего в целом так недостаёт всей системе. Can someone explain how is "чего" used here after the comma? what is its function?
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Different 'number' in verb of relative clause using который

This is in regards to Nicholas J. Brown's New Penguin book, page 336. There, the author offers 3 alternatives, mainly the first 2 to show the difference between который and long-form past passive ...