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    Question Inversions in Conditionals

    I would like to know the structure and the grammar about the Inversions in conditionals.
    I only know that occurs in formal english , and the "if" is omitted and thw auxiliary verb is placed (instead ) or before the subject. The auxiliary verbs used are: had were, or should.

    Could you explain me this in detail ?

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    Re: Inversions in Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by daw_al_qamar
    I would like to know the structure and the grammar about the Inversions in conditionals.
    I only know that occurs in formal english , and the "if" is omitted and thw auxiliary verb is placed (instead ) or before the subject. The auxiliary verbs used are: had were, or should.

    Could you explain me this in detail ?
    It's really quite simple. Just omit if and invert the subject and the
    verb.

    If I were you, I'd see a doctor. = Were I you, I'd see a doctor.
    If I had known, I would have told you. = Had I known, I would have told you.
    If anyone should call, please take a message. = Should anyone call, please take a message.


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    Re: Inversions in Conditionals

    Exactly. When you omit the condition tool ( if ), the conditional caluse will seem as if a yes/no question.

    Bye.


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    Re: Inversions in Conditionals

    you are absolutely right

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