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    Had I been ... I would have come

    Hello,

    I know that "If I had been in London at that time, I would have come to see you" means the same like "Had I been in London at that time, I would have come to see you" but I would like to ask what is the chief difference between the two modes (Is Had noun been more formal than If noun had been? I am asking because I have come across Had noun been chiefly in literature).

    Thank you very much

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    Re: Had I been ... I would have come

    The inverted for (Had I been ...) is more formal.

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