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  1. Very English Learner
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    Than had vs If happened ( Deletion)

    I often read sentences like

    1) global warming is melting the ice faster than had previously been thought.
    2) If occurred, you would not be charged for penalty


    I can sense that after if or than, it and be-verb are often deleted.

    Could you tell me the right way?
    how come this happen?

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    Re: Than had vs If happened ( Deletion)

    Quote Originally Posted by Very English Learner View Post
    I often read sentences like

    1) global warming is melting the ice faster than had previously been thought.
    2) If occurred, you would not be charged for penalty


    I can sense that after if or than, it and be-verb are often deleted.

    Could you tell me the right way?
    how come this happen?
    It is correct to omit the "had been"
    ...faster than previously thought
    if occured (if so), you would not be...

    like in: easier said than done
    bianca
    Last edited by bianca; 25-May-2007 at 05:57.

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    Re: Than had vs If happened ( Deletion)

    Quote Originally Posted by Very English Learner View Post
    I often read sentences like

    1) global warming is melting the ice faster than had previously been thought.
    2) If occurred, you would not be charged for penalty


    I can sense that after if or than, it and be-verb are often deleted.

    Could you tell me the right way?
    how come this happen?
    1 is fine, and as bianca says you can also drop the "had... been".

    I've never heard anything like 2 though; some kind of subject is needed: 'If this/it/that [and maybe, in legal documents, "such noun"] occurred...'.

    You can avoid having the subject if you avoid having a verb: 'In the event of such an occurrence...'; but that sounds pretty pretentious, when all it means is 'if that happens'.



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