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    #1

    Were you OR should you

    ............. forget de-energizing the equipment, there would be terrible consequences.

    1. Should you
    2. Were you
    3. If you will
    4. If you were

    Would you please elaborate on what's the difference between "were you" and "should you" in a formal style in conditional clauses?
    I think both of them can fit here.(Answer key: No.1)

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    #2

    Re: Were you OR should you

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    ............. forget de-energizing the equipment, there would be terrible consequences.

    1. Should you
    2. Were you
    3. If you will
    4. If you were

    Would you please elaborate on what's the difference between "were you" and "should you" in a formal style in conditional clauses?
    I think both of them can fit here.(Answer key: No.1)

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    "Were you forget ..." is grammatically wrong.
    "Should you forget" means "If you should forget", or "If you forgot".

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    #3

    Re: Were you OR should you

    You can say "Were you to forget de-energising the equipment, there would be terrible consequences". That also works with "If you were to ​forget ...", but 2) and 4) are incorrect with "to".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Were you OR should you

    Hello, Freeguy.

    I don't think I can agree with you - #2 is not grammatical.
    I agree with Raymott and emsr2d2.

    If you should forget de-energizing... / Should you forget de-energizing... (These are both correct.)
    If you were to forget de-energizing... (Correct, but I've never read/heard the inversion like "Were you to forget...")

    (Edit) Thank you, ems. I've just learned "Were you to forget..." is also possible.

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    #5

    Re: Were you OR should you

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    (Correct, but I've never read/heard the inversion like "Were you to forget...")
    Your post might have crossed with emsr2d2's, but I can assure you that "Were you to forget ..." is correct and means roughly the same. I didn't mention it in my first post simply because I didn't think of it.

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    #6

    Re: Were you OR should you

    As a side issue, I'd use to de-energise the equipment.

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    #7

    Re: Were you OR should you

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    As a side issue, I'd use to de-energise the equipment.
    Yes, the verb "forget" is one of those verbs that has a different meaning when it takes a gerund or an infinitive. I also would change "forget" to "forgot" in that sentence, or change "would" to "will".

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