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    Were you to have + past participle

    In IF CLAUSE structures, I have known the inversion of if clauses like the sentences below:
    + If you read this book, you would realise its value.
    --> Were you to read this book, you would realise its value.
    + And I have also read a sentence in a book:
    " Were you to have turned left at the lights, you would have got here ten minutes earlier."
    I wonder if this sentence is the inversion of if clause:
    --> If you had turned left at the lights, you would have got here ten minutes earlier."

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: Were you to have + past participle

    [QUOTE=cheer965;935239" Were you to have turned left at the lights, you would have got here ten minutes earlier."
    I wonder if this sentence is the inversion of if clause:
    --> If you had turned left at the lights, you would have got here ten minutes earlier."
    [/QUOTE]The second has virtually the same meaning as the first, but it is not an inversion of it.

    If you were to have turned ... - were you to have turned ...
    If you had turned ... - had you turned ....


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    Re: Were you to have + past participle

    Thanks a lot, 5jj.

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