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    Modal Verbs As Conditional Particles

    I, few times, came across sentences containing modal verbs which couldn't be interpreted logically except by assuming that a modal verb means 'if'.

    "Have James been enrolled to the university next year, he will suffer change and not having time to have much fun"

    I googled with many different keywords, but I couldn't find anything around.

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    Re: Modal Verbs As Conditional Particles

    That sentence doesn't work and have is not a modal. Should can be used with that meaning if you invert it:

    Should you see him, please tell him to call me. (= If you see him, please tell him to call me.)

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