When there is a negative adverb at the beginning of a sentence, we reserve the position of main and auxiliary verb. But, what about the following sentence, it has not any negative adverb at the beginning?
For a prospective teacher would never have even seen the principal for an interview had he not passed her muster.
Re: Abnormal Structure
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Originally Posted by toloue_man
I believe that is just an elegant way to say:
For a prospective teacher would never have even seen the principal for an interview if he had not passed her muster.
For example, here is a poor example that I have made up:
Had Mr. X not made a lot of mistakes, he might have won the election. = If Mr. X had not made a lot of mistakes, he ...."
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