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    using 'should' instead of 'if'

    Hi there,
    I want to ask you when we use the form 'should' instead of 'if' in sentence like this:
    a) "Should you send me a mail and get nothing back in 24 hours, make sure to use other means of communication to confirm that I received your message."
    or
    b) "Shops are open, should you be in need of something to drink."
    Is it common or formal form? When can I use it? And why in the second sentence somebody hasn't written "should you are in need (...)", like he could in "if you are in need (...)"?

    And additionally – which form is better:
    1) I have got a question about...
    2) I have a question about...
    3) I got a question about...

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: using 'should' instead of 'if'

    Both sentences are fine, and the use of should is formal. It means, in the case that (you) + base verb. That is, the construct is should + base verb; e.g., be.

    1) I have got a question about...
    2) I have a question about...
    3) I got a question about...

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    Re: using 'should' instead of 'if'

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Both sentences are fine, and the use of should is formal. It means, in the case that (you) + base verb. That is, the construct is should + base verb; e.g., be.

    1) I have got a question about...
    2) I have a question about...
    3) I got a question about...
    But, in Br English at least, 3 would be interpreted as a simple past: "After the lecture, I got a question about the size of my sample."

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