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    The suppositional mood

    Dear teachers,


    Would you be kind enough explain to me the difference in the following sentences concerning the matter with the supposition mood?


    1.1. If you should see her, give her my love.
    1.2. Should you see her, give her my love.
    2.1. If you should meet him, ask him to tell you how it happened.
    2.2. Should you meet him, ask him to tell you how it happened.
    3.1. If it should be so, I’ll be the first to congratulate you.
    3.2. Should it be so, I’ll be the first to congratulate you.
    Thank you in advance for your efforts.


    Regards.


    V.


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    Re: The suppositional mood

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,


    Would you be kind enough explain to me the difference in the following sentences concerning the matter with the supposition mood?


    1.1. If you should see her, give her my love.
    1.2. Should you see her, give her my love.
    2.1. If you should meet him, ask him to tell you how it happened.
    2.2. Should you meet him, ask him to tell you how it happened.
    3.1. If it should be so, I’ll be the first to congratulate you.
    3.2. Should it be so, I’ll be the first to congratulate you.
    Thank you in advance for your efforts.


    Regards.


    V.
    I guess 'should' here suggests that the action is less likely.
    The inverted word order gives a more formal and literary flavour to the sentences.

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    Re: The suppositional mood

    Hi Clark,

    Thank you for your shrewd and clear reply. Words fail me to express my satisfaction.

    Regards.

    V.

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