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    Default If he hadn't shouted ... v Had he not shouted ...



    And what if after all the bodies are carried out on stretchers, the man is still brought to trial for shouting fire in a crowded theater, and in his defense he points to the burnt ruins of the theater as proof that there really was a fire, only to be told that if he hadn't shouted, then there would have been no fire.


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    Had he not shouted, then there would have been no fire. Is it correct? I just want to learn how to use inversion to make it more formal.


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    Default Re: If he hadn't shouted ... v Had he not shouted ...

    "Had he not shouted" is correct.

    One can use this inversion to create conditional clauses with these verbs as well:
    Should he do this, then that...
    Were he to do this, then that...

    Were he this, then that...

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    Hadn't he shouted, then there would have been no fire. Is it correct?


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    Default Re: If he hadn't shouted ... v Had he not shouted ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post


    Hadn't he shouted, then there would have been no fire. Is it correct?

    No.

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