Grammar – Inversion (Conditionals)

Grammar Point of the Month – Inversion with conditionals

 

This kind of inversion is also common with the first, second and third conditional. The word ‘if’ disappears and the auxiliary verb is placed before the subject. In the first and second conditional, you often have to “split” the verb before doing the inversion.

 

First Conditional

  • If you need more information, call our office in Green Street. (neutral)
  • If you should require any further information, please contact us at our office in Green Street. (formal)
  • Should you require any further information, please contact us at our office in Green Street. (most formal)

Second Conditional

  • If I went to Spain, I’d go to see Sagrada Familia.
  • If I were to go to Spain, I’d go to see Sagrada Familia.
  • Were I to go to Spain, I’d go to see Sagrada Familia.

 

  • If we had kids, we would need a bigger house.
  • If we were to have kids, we would need a bigger house.
  • Were we to have kids, we would need a bigger house.

 

Third Conditonal

  • If I had seen the thief, I would’ve called the police immediately.
  • Had I seen the thief, I would’ve called the police immediately.

 

  • If you hadn’t been so stupid, you would have realised that she is a nice girl.
  • Had you not been so stupid,  you would have realised that she is a nice girl.

 

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