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    Default subjunctive

    Does the following sentence make any sense??

    "Been here the chief had, the situation would have been much better"
    I have read the above sentence in an online test, marked as correct. But I am totally unable to comprehend this structure
    Please help.

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    Default Re: subjunctive

    It's not standard English. In standard English it would read:

    Had the chief been here, the situation would have been much better.

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    Default Re: subjunctive

    *Not a teacher

    It doesn't sound good to me. Shouldn't it be like this?

    Had the chief been here, the situation would have been much better.

    Edit: It looks like birdeen's call and I posted almost at the same time.

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    Default Re: subjunctive

    Quote Originally Posted by tipu s View Post
    Does the following sentence make any sense??

    "Been here the chief had, the situation would have been much better"
    I have read the above sentence in an online test, marked as correct. But I am totally unable to comprehend this structure
    Please help.

    NOT A TEACHER.

    It should read "had the chief been here," which is the same as "if the chief had been here."

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    Default Re: subjunctive

    Quote Originally Posted by tipu s View Post
    Does the following sentence make any sense??

    "Been here the chief had, the situation would have been much better"
    I have read the above sentence in an online test, marked as correct. But I am totally unable to comprehend this structure
    Please help.
    Can you post a link to the on-line test? It's completely wrong.

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