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    Wasn't it for. Help please

    Wasn't it for her fair hair, she wouldn't be considered as dull.
    Hadn't it been for her fair hair, she wouldn't be considered as dull.

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    Re: Wasn't it for. Help please

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex_Rusinov View Post
    1.Wasn't it for her fair hair, she wouldn't be considered as dull.
    2. Hadn't it been for her fair hair, she wouldn't be considered as dull.
    1. Were it not for her fair hair, she wouldn't be considered (as) dull.
    2. Had it not been for her fair hair, she wouldn't have been considered dull.

    In both these rather formal constructions the contracted form is rare.

    Incidentally, if you are referring to the supposedly humorous notion that women with a certain hair colour are not very intelligent, we would normally use blonde rather than fair, and dizzy, thick, stupid, ... rather than dull. Dull is most commonly understood to mean boring, tedious these days.

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    Re: Wasn't it for. Help please

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    1. Were it not for her fair hair, she wouldn't be considered (as) dull.
    2. Had it not been for her fair hair, she wouldn't have been considered dull.

    In both these rather formal constructions the contracted form is rare.
    I've never seen the contracted form in those constructions.

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    Re: Wasn't it for. Help please

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I've never seen the contracted form in those constructions.
    Neither have I. I have just learnt, from bitter experience, that whenever I use the word 'never' in talking about grammar, somebody will come up with an example to prove me wrong.

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