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    complex sentences with clauses of condition

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough verify the following two configurations of complex sentenses with clauses of condition?

    1.1. The student hasnít scored the necessary number of points. He hasnít entered the institute.


    1.2. If the student had scored the necessary number of points he would have entered the institute.

    2.1. Gorin had excellent recommendations. He got an appointment to the University.


    2.2. If Gorin had not had execlent recommendations he wouldnít have got an appointment to the university.

    I am worried about the correctness of the sentence 2.2. especially the expression "had not had".

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

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    V.


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    Re: complex sentences with clauses of condition

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough verify the following two configurations of complex sentenses with clauses of condition?

    1.1. The student hasnít scored the necessary number of points. He hasnít entered the institute.


    1.2. If the student had scored the necessary number of points he would have entered the institute.

    2.1. Gorin had excellent recommendations. He got an appointment to the University.


    2.2. If Gorin had not had execlent recommendations he wouldnít have got an appointment to the university.

    I am worried about the correctness of the sentence 2.2. especially the expression "had not had".

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.

    Hi Vil,
    You have used the clauses of unreal condition perfectly well.

    Don't worry about "hadn't had" at all It's widely used to indicate that something hasn't happened in the long run.

    E.g.If she hadn't gone there earlier, she would have missed the train. (but, luckily,she got there on time, thus, got on the train and was off)

    All the best,
    Mariya

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    Re: complex sentences with clauses of condition

    Hi Marya,

    Thank you for your encouraging reply. Thank you alo for your clear explanation as well as for your logical explanatory example.

    Regards.

    V.

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