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  1. matilda
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    Talking 264-have you not

    Hello all

    Which choice is correct?
    He would have been in big troubles . remembered the assignment at the last minute.

    a) Had not he
    b) Had he not

    Thank you all

    Matilda

  2. Ayuda-Tulong's Avatar

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    Re: 264-have you not

    Quote Originally Posted by matilda View Post
    Hello all

    Which choice is correct?
    He would have been in big troubles . remembered the assignment at the last minute.

    a) Had not he
    b) Had he not

    Thank you all

    Matilda

    The correct choice is 'had he not'.

    By the way, "trouble" should be singular, not plural.

  3. matilda
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    will u please explain the reason? i did not underestand why the answer is that choice

    regards

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    Re: 264-have you not

    This is "If" clause, but here, "if" is omitted so we must use a form of inversion.

    To understand clearly, I rewrite that sentence as follows

    e.x He would have been in big trouble if he had not remembered the assignment at the last minute.

    or

    If he had not remembered the assignment at the last minute, he would have been in big trouble.

    when "if" is omitted, we use inversion, specifically, in the same example:

    Had he not ( NOT hadn't he/ had not he ) remembered the assignment at the last minute, he would have been in big trouble.

    Or

    He would have been in big trouble had he not remembered the assignment at the last minute.

    Its a grammatical rule. So b is the correct ans

    hope this help

  5. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: 264-have you not

    Damnit has got it. Moreover, not is a pre-modifier,

    Ex: I had not gone.
    Ex: Not me.

    In your example, not modifies the verb remembered, not the pronoun he.

    Ex: Had not he remembered
    Ex: Had he not remembered

    All the best.

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    Re: 264-have you not

    Quote Originally Posted by matilda View Post
    Hello all

    Which choice is correct?
    He would have been in big troubles . remembered the assignment at the last minute.

    a) Had not he
    b) Had he not

    Thank you all

    Matilda
    "had he not" is correct!!

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