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    Hi,

    -I would lower taxes if I were the President.

    In formal English the subject and the auxiliary can be inverted in the if-clause with if omitted like this:

    -Were I the president I would lower taxes

    I would like to ask if we can aslo invert the if-clause as the following.

    -Were I to be the president, I would lower taxes.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: were I to be

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    -I would lower taxes if I were the President.

    In formal English the subject and the auxiliary can be inverted in the if-clause with if omitted like this:

    -Were I the president I would lower taxes

    I would like to ask if we can aslo invert the if-clause as the following.

    -Were I to be the president, I would lower taxes.

    Thanks.
    Yes, if you were standing for election as president.

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