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    what is the use of"had" in the first sentence?

    In this sentence,
    It should have, had the umpire not been intimidated by the reputation of the man who had come in to bat
    how should I parse it?
    Can I write this instead?
    The umpire should have not been intimidated by the reputation of the man who came in to bat.

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    Re: what is the use of"had" in the first sentence?

    What is the context? The "It" refers to something in the text before this sentence.

    The meaning is that the umpire was intimidated by the reputation of the batter.

    If he had not been, then "it" should have happened.

    Since he was intimidated, "it" did not happen.

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