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    conjunctions of condition

    Dear friends,

    Would you please tell me if sentences (b) are correct?

    1) What would have happened if they hadnít got a receipt?
    a) Suppose they hadnít got a receipt, what would have happened?
    b) What would have happened suppose they hadnít got a receipt? = totally wrong?

    2) Treat my home in the same way that you would treat your own.
    a) Treat my home as though it were your own.
    b) Treat my home as though you were treating your own. = correct ?

    Thanks again for your help.
    Hela

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    Re: conjunctions of condition

    Hello Hela

    Sadly, both the Bs are incorrect! For the first, you could say:

    1c. What would have happened, had they not got a receipt?

    Have a pleasant Sunday,

    MrP

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    Re: conjunctions of condition

    Dear MrP,

    For #1 Would it be possible to use "supposing" instead ?

    d) Supposing they hadnít got a receipt, what would have happened?
    e) What would have happened supposing they hadnít got a receipt? Wrong too?

    For #2, is it impossible then to use a personal construction with "you"? Should we always use the impersonal form with "it"?

    Have a nice Sunday too

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    Re: conjunctions of condition

    Hello Hela

    d) Supposing they hadnít got a receipt, what would have happened?ó This is fine!

    e) What would have happened supposing they hadnít got a receipt? ó You would need to repunctuate it, i.e.

    f) What would have happened, supposing they hadnít got a receipt?

    (Though it's much more common to put the "supposing" clause first.)

    For #2, is it impossible then to use a personal construction with "you"?

    You could rephrase it as follows:

    "Treat it as though it were your own home."
    "Treat it as though you were in your own home."

    See you later,
    MrP

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    Re: conjunctions of condition

    Thanks again MrP!

    A) In grammar books they say that these 2 expressions can be interchangeable so how come here it's not the case? Is it because :

    1) "suppose" a) is used to address people only; b) can be used in simple sentences;

    2) "supposing" can only be used in complex sentences ?

    e) What would have happened supposing they hadnít got a receipt? ó You would need to repunctuate it, i.e.

    f) What would have happened, supposing they hadnít got a receipt?
    Why is the comma obligatory in (f) ? Normally it's when the dependent clause comes first that we use a comma and not the way round, isn't it?

    B) I understand that "suppose" is an imperative, but is it a finite or non-finite verb? And is supposing a participial?

    C) it is said that we shouldn't use a comma between 2 independent clauses, but is it true here also? Because I think I saw these kinds of sentences written with a comma after "suppose" or was it "supposing"?

    Suppose your parents had refused, how would you have felt? Is this a comma splice?

    D) Now can I put a full stop after the first clause, i.e.,
    Suppose they hadn't got the key. What would they have done?

    E) Can I use a question mark after "suppose"?
    eg: Suppose they had missed the flight?

    Kind regards
    Last edited by hela; 16-May-2006 at 18:01.

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