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    Had I chosen...

    Hello esteemed teachers. Could you explain to me the snippet in bold below? I understand what the author is trying to say, but what is that way of speaking? Is it formal? Is it Old fashioned or something? In "normal" English I think it would be: if/should I had chosen.

    Had I chosen other forms of literary endeavor like drama, which I did have a go and failed, it would have been very different.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Had I chosen...

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    Hello esteemed teachers. Could you explain to me the snippet in bold below? I understand what the author is trying to say, but what is that way of speaking? Is it formal? Is it Old fashioned or something? In "normal" English I think it would be: if/should I had chosen.

    Had I chosen other forms of literary endeavor like drama, which I did have a go and failed, it would have been very different.

    Thank you!
    In "normal" English, it would be "If I had chosen ...". It is entirely acceptable to remove "if" and reverse the word order to give "Had I ...". It's perhaps a little old-fashioned but it's used quite frequently.

    Had I had more money, I'd have bought a better car.
    Had the judge been in a better mood, he'd probably have given the burglar a lighter sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Had I chosen...

    I think it should be:
    "Had I chosen other forms of literary endeavor like drama, which I did have a go at and failed, it would have been very different." or
    "Had I chosen other forms of literary endeavor like drama, at which I did have a go and failed, it would have been very different."

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