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    Does this conditional sentence sound good?

    Hi, there.

    Could you please comment on the sentence below:

    I wouldn't have liked the film in the way I did if it hadn't been for Collin Farrel.
    or
    Had not it been for Collin Farrel I wouldn't have liked the film in the way I did.

    Is it good English? If so, what version would you prefer in both written and spoken English? If not, please leave your version of that.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Does this conditional sentence sound good?

    • I wouldn't have liked the film in the way I did if it hadn't been for Collin Farrel.


    • Had not it been for Collin Farrel I wouldn't have liked the film in the way I did.
      • Had it not been...


    Both are fine. Here are more:


    • If it hadn't been for Collin Farrel, I wouldn't have enjoyed the movie as much as I did.
    • If it wasn't for Collin Farrel, I wouldn't have liked the movie so much.
    • Collin Farrel made the movie (i.e., he made it enjoyable for me to watch).

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    Re: Does this conditional sentence sound good?

    Thanks.
    Should I use movie instead of film or that's country specific?

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    Re: Does this conditional sentence sound good?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    If it wasn't for Collin Farrel, I wouldn't have liked the movie so much.
    I wonder if we can mix up a conditional part of the conditional sentence of the 2-nd type with a main part of the conditional sentence of the 3-rd type?
    Thanks.

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    Re: Does this conditional sentence sound good?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    I wonder if we can mix up a conditional part of the conditional sentence of the 2-nd type with a main part of the conditional sentence of the 3-rd type?
    These are all acceptable and 'correct' English:

    I would not have come to Prague (in the past) if I had not found (at a previous time in the past) an interesting job there.
    I would not have left England (in the past) if I hadn't had (at the same past time) an interesting job waiting for me.
    I would not have left England (in the past) if I were (general time) a more settled person.
    I would not be in Prague (in the present) if I had not found (in the past) an interesting job.
    I would not be in Prague (in the present) if I did not like (in the present/general time) living here.

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    Re: Does this conditional sentence sound good?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Thanks.
    Should I use movie instead of film or that's country specific?
    It depends on the person.

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