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    Smile should fighting start

    Good morning.

    Thousands of people are leaving their homes in southern Afghanistan to avoid possible military action against Taliban supporters. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Afghan military are said to be preparing for an attack. Witnesses say Taliban fighters are destroying bridges and hiding mines in the Arghandab area of Kandahar province. They said about 500 militants have seized at least eight villages. The United States-led coalition says there is no evidence that militants control the area. NATO has been urging people not to leave their homes should fighting start. Local officials have ordered a curfew.

    What do the bold and underlined words mean? And what does this sentence mean? I can't understand. Does it mean that NATO asked people not to leave their homes when the fighting starts or NATO didn't think there would be a fighting? (Maybe should fighting start is just wrong-written, I dictated the news from Special Engish 15.30.)

    Thank you in advance.

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    Exclamation Re: should fighting start

    The message is clear. Should there be fight betwwen NATO forces and Taliban, the people should not leave their villages but remain neutral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovecindy View Post
    Good morning.

    NATO has been urging people not to leave their homes should fighting start. Local officials have ordered a curfew.

    What do the bold and underlined words mean? And what does this sentence mean? I can't understand. Does it mean that NATO asked people not to leave their homes when the fighting starts or NATO didn't think there would be a fighting? (Maybe should fighting start is just wrong-written, I dictated the news from Special Engish 15.30.)

    Thank you in advance.
    Should fighting start = If fighting starts

    It means that NATO asked people not to leave their homes if and when the fighting starts.

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    Smile Re: should fighting start

    Thank you for your help.

    And is 'should fighting start' an inverted sentence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovecindy View Post
    Thank you for your help.

    And is 'should fighting start' an inverted sentence?
    I don't know, LC. It's the way 'should' is used when it describes a meaning that is identical in meaning to "if ..."

    Should you ask another question, I will definitely answer you.

    If you ask another question, I will definitely answer you.

    Using 'should' is not nearly as common, as you might have gathered from your relative inexperience with it. It's more formal, polite, flowery, ... .

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    Smile Re: should fighting start

    Thank you very much. I understand.

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