[Grammar] Conditional sentences

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atabitaraf

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1. Had we not been so busy, we could have shopped around.
2. Hadn't we been so busy, we could have shopped around.
3. Had not we been so busy, we could have shopped around.

One of my students asked me whether the above sentences are all possible or not. Which one is more formal for writing?
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1. Had we not been so busy, we could have shopped around. OK
2. Hadn't we been so busy, we could have shopped around. No
3. Had not we been so busy, we could have shopped around. No

One of my students asked me whether the above sentences are all possible or not. Which one is more formal for writing?
Thank you,
I'd say, "If we hadn't been so busy ...", but I guess you know that construction. This is fine for formal writing. Your 1. is probably more formal, but you don't really need it.
 

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hi,

I'd say, "If we hadn't been so busy ...", but I guess you know that construction. This is fine for formal writing. Your 1. is probably more formal, but you don't really need it.
Are the "so busy" and "shopped around" be found in such formal constructions ?
 

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hi,


Are the "so busy" and "shopped around" be found in such formal constructions ?
Probably not, but I took the question to be about "Had we not ..." vs. "If we hadn't".
 
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