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    2nd Conditional Omitting If

    I have a disagreement with a colleague. Could someone please help us with omitting "if" in the second conditional? Is it possible, when the main verb is "have" to simply invert the subject and verb as in 3rd conditional?

    Example: If I had a pen, I would write a letter.

    Omitting If A: Were I to have a pen, I would write a letter.
    Omitting If B: Had I a pen, I would write a letter.

    Is B also correct?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 24-Feb-2020 at 11:09. Reason: Added line breaks to make post readable

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    Re: 2nd Conditional Omitting If

    Welcome to the forum.

    Yes, B is grammatically correct but it sounds old-fashioned. Most modern native speakers wouldn't use it. It's a construction my grandfather (born in 1921) would have used. The vast majority of native speakers would use the sentence marked "Example" in post #1.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: 2nd Conditional Omitting If

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post

    Yes, B is grammatically correct but it sounds old-fashioned. Most modern native speakers wouldn't use it. It's a construction my grandfather (born in 1921) would have used. The vast majority of native speakers would use the sentence marked "Example" in post #1.
    I'd say the same about A.
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    Re: 2nd Conditional Omitting If

    "If I had a pen..."

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    #5

    Re: 2nd Conditional Omitting If

    There are beautiful examples of #2:

    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poe...s-coy-mistress

    Mind you, this is an old poem.

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