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    The students asked her professor

    The students asked her professor if he would have gone on the space ship ....... earlier.

    1. if he knew
    2. if he knows
    3. he had known
    4. had he known

    The answer key went for No.4. But I don't see any sign of inversion here.

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    Re: The students asked her professor

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    The students asked her professor if he would have gone on the space ship ....... earlier.

    1. if he knew
    2. if he knows
    3. he had known
    4. had he known

    The answer key went for No.4. But I don't see any sign of inversion here.

    Thanks
    #4 is correct, but "her" is not. That should be "their". "Had he known" is a shortening of "if he had known".

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    Re: The students asked her professor

    Should we use always "had + subject + p.p" (inversion style) in the middle of the sentences in third conditional ones?

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    Re: The students asked her professor

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Should we use always "had + subject + p.p" (inversion style) in the middle of the sentences in third conditional ones?
    You invert when you omit the "if."

    If he were there -- Were he there
    If he had known -- Had he known
    If she had seen him -- Had she seen him
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The students asked her professor

    Do you use such a construction in spoken English?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: The students asked her professor

    Sometimes.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The students asked her professor

    The students asked her professor if he would have gone on the space ship had he known earlier.
    Hello,
    To me, the red part makes no sense. If he had known earlier what?
    Would you please clarify it to me? (I mean the red part)

    Thanks

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    Re: The students asked her professor

    We have no idea. Presumably the context of the dialogue would make that clear.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The students asked her professor

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    We have no idea. Presumably the context of the dialogue would make that clear.
    Thanks for answering. Do you agree with me that without much context it's a bad or weak test?

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    Re: The students asked her professor

    Using the plural "students" with the singular "her" makes it a bad question. The context provides meaning, but doesn't change the grammar.

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