[Grammar] Abnormal Structure

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toloue_man

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When there is a negative adverb at the beginning of a sentence, we reserve the position of main and auxiliary verb. But, what about the following sentence, it has not any negative adverb at the beginning?

For a prospective teacher would never have even seen the principal for an interview had he not passed her muster.
 

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For a prospective teacher would never have even seen the principal for an interview had he not passed her muster.

***** NOT A TEACHER *****


I believe that is just an elegant way to say:


For a prospective teacher would never have even seen the principal for an interview if he had not passed her muster.


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For example, here is a poor example that I have made up:

Had Mr. X not made a lot of mistakes, he might have won the election. = If Mr. X had not made a lot of mistakes, he ...."
 
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