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    modifying an infinitival phrase with an if-clause

    Hi,

    Is the following sentence correct?

    John harbors a desire to kill Peter if he had the opportunity to do so.

    I'd appreciate your help.

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    Re: modifying an infinitival phrase with an if-clause

    No, that doesn't work. Stick with the straightforward alternatives below.
    John harbors a desire to kill Peter and would do so if he had the opportunity.
    or simply
    John would kill Peter if he had the opportunity to do so.

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    Re: modifying an infinitival phrase with an if-clause

    How about "John harbors a desire to kill Peter should he have the opportunity to do so"?

    The should-clause is taken to modify the infinitival phrase.

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    Re: modifying an infinitival phrase with an if-clause

    No. You've just substituted "should" for "if". It still doesn't work.

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    Re: modifying an infinitival phrase with an if-clause

    I'm testing a few possibilities. What about the following?

    John harbors a desire to kill Peter if he has the opportunity to do so.

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    Re: modifying an infinitival phrase with an if-clause

    John plans to kill Peter if he gets the opportunity.
    I am not a teacher.

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