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    in only one city

    1-It would be impossible to have an office in only one city.

    2-To have an office would be impossible in only one city.


    3-Having an office would be impossible in only one city.

    I think '1' could mean:
    a-There is only one city in which we can't have an office.
    and:
    b-We need to have an office in more than one city.

    But to me '2' and '3' could only mean 'a'.

    Am I correct?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: in only one city

    Honestly, 2 is so improbable and 3 isn't much better.

    1 sounds like you need more than one office.
    If you want meaning a, you'd say "There's only one city where it would be impossible to have an office." or "There's only one city where having an office would be impossible."
    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: in only one city

    2 & 3 are implausible sentences, but I would take them to mean a).

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