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    Word usage

    Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.

    I know this sentence is very formal and said to be correct.

    But, I am confused. How can "should" replace "if"?

    Please help!


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    Re: Word usage

    In this case, "should" means the same thing as "if." It's just another way to say it. "Should" has more than one meaning.

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    Re: Word usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Heterological View Post
    In this case, "should" means the same thing as "if." It's just another way to say it. "Should" has more than one meaning.

    I can't figure out how "should" be a synonym of "if"

    Is that a connotation?

    Any examples or reference would be appreciated!

    Thank you!

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    Re: Word usage

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    I can't figure out how "should" be a synonym of "if"

    Is that a connotation?

    Any examples or reference would be appreciated!

    Thank you!
    That's just a formal usage of should.It doesn't have anything to do with connotations.If want an example in literary context, just wait a moment!

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    Re: Word usage

    -Should you need any help, just call me.
    -If I should die, think only this of me. (Rupert Brooke )

    If it makes easier to understand, you can simply remove should from the above sentence.
    So, in a sentence like this, should is used to refer to possible consequences.

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    Re: Word usage

    Maybe;

    In case you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.
    or,
    If you happened to have any further questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.

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    Re: Word usage

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    I can't figure out how "should" be a synonym of "if"

    Is that a connotation?

    Any examples or reference would be appreciated!

    Thank you!
    I wouldn't say that "should" means the same as "if" in this context, or that 'should' replaces 'if'. It's a different construction, and it's largely a coincidence that there is only one word difference.

    "Should you have further questions..." = "If you [should] have further questions..."

    Compare these:
    "Had he been here yesterday ..." = "If he had been here yesterday ..."
    "Could he but reach town in time, he could prevent the disaster." [Old-fashioned usage]. = "If he could only reach town in time ..."

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    Re: Word usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I wouldn't say that "should" means the same as "if" in this context, or that 'should' replaces 'if'. It's a different construction, and it's largely a coincidence that there is only one word difference.

    "Should you have further questions..." = "If you [should] have further questions..."

    Compare these:
    "Had he been here yesterday ..." = "If he had been here yesterday ..."
    "Could he but reach town in time, he could prevent the disaster." [Old-fashioned usage]. = "If he could only reach town in time ..."
    That was perfect. Thank you very much, Raymott

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