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    #1

    Had you...

    How common is it, in spoken English, to use Had you instead of If you had, especially in questions?
    What would you have done had you seen your boss?

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    #2

    Re: Had you...

    Very uncommon, I would say.

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    I don't think that it is really uncommon in North America (speech only). It doesn't sound strange to my ears but perhaps you should wait for more members to comment on this.


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    Re: Had you...

    Even in affirmative statements, the construction is not common in the speech of the majority of speakers of BrE. I suspect that most people do not write it, either.

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    Re: Had you...

    Quote Originally Posted by SanMar View Post
    I don't think that it is really uncommon in North America (speech only). It doesn't sound strange to my ears but perhaps you should wait for more members to comment on this.


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    Nor to mine. "Had I known that you were bringing a cake, I would have bought some candles."

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    Re: Had you...

    What about in questions?

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    Re: Had you...

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    What about in questions?
    I agree with Rover, post #2. I had thought that that implication was clear in my post #4.

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