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    toloue_man is offline Member
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    Default Abnormal Structure

    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.

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    Default Re: Abnormal Structure

    Quote Originally Posted by toloue_man View Post

    For a prospective teacher would never have even seen the principal for an interview had he not passed her muster.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    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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