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    Question Use of 'should' instead of 'if' complicated for me

    we use 'should in start of formal writing in place of 'if', can some one explain with reference to grammar. for example: " Should you have the relevant business experience and are looking for an opportunity to work for a market leading company please call Chris to find out more". if we can use 'should' in place of 'if' so what will we use if we need to ask some question starting with 'should' as normal. Thanks.


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    Re: Use of 'should' instead of 'if' complicated for me

    'should' is formal and more tentative than 'if', thus more polite. It conveys less possibility.

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    Question Re: Use of 'should' instead of 'if' complicated for me

    So how will we differentiate the questions starting with 'should',
    for example i need to say "Should they start their work" (Formal question), and "Should they start their work they would be able to accomplish it" (Here i mean 'If').
    I think the difference is the last part in the second sentence (They would be able to accomplish it), that clarifies whether it is a question or polite possibility. Is it?
    Thanks for your time.

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    Question Re: Use of 'should' instead of 'if' complicated for me

    So how will we differentiate the questions starting with 'should',
    for example i need to say "Should they start their work" (Formal question), and "Should they start their work they would be able to accomplish it" (Here i mean 'If').
    I think the difference is the last part in the second sentence (They would be able to accomplish it), that clarifies whether it is a question or polite possibility. Is it?
    Thanks for your time.

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    Re: Use of 'should' instead of 'if' complicated for me

    No, he means the non-interrogative, declarative use of should: Should anything happen to my wife, please pick up my kids. Should they start their work? is a different matter, and it's not formal.

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