Inversion with the Conditionals

Inversions with the Conditionals

Zero Conditional

Where can you find the following written: Should you require any further information, please, do not hesitate to contact me?
Where can you hear the following: Should you have any doubt, please, go to page 25?

First Conditional

Should you not study hard for an exam, will you be able to pass it?
Should you work the whole month, how much extra money will you have to spend on travelling?
Should I not work hard, will I still have a good future?

Second Conditional

Were I to drive to the capital of your country right now, how long would it take me to get there?
Were you to win the lottery, what would you do?
Were you to work abroad, would you enjoy the experience?

Third Conditional

Had you not left university when you did, what would you have accomplished before leaving?
Had you gone to bed later last night, would you still have gotten up at the same time?
Had you chosen another profession/degree, what would it have been?

Were it not for + would have: Used in a similar way to the third conditional.

Were it not for the support of my friends/teachers, what kind of a time would I have had at school?
Were it not for paying sports, would I still have had a healthy childhood?
Were it not for the good times, would Mark and Maria (my friends) have been able to avoid a divorce after a turbulent period?

Were I to is not the same as Were it for
Were I to = 2nd conditional
Were it for/ Were it not for: 2nd and 3rd

Example:

Inversions with the Conditionals

Zero Conditional

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Should you have any doubt, please, go to the book.

First Conditional

Should you study for the exam, you will pass it.
Should you work the whole month, you will have more money to travel.
Should I work hard, I will have a good future.

Second Conditional

Were I to work more at my job, I would not have to work at home.
Were I not to have a car, it would take me a lot longer to get to my university.
Were you to win the lottery, what would you do?
Were you to work abroad, would you enjoy the experience?

Third Conditional

Had I not left university, I would not have entered a film school.
Had I gone to bed earlier last night, I would have gotten up earlier.
Had I have not become a teacher, I would have been working in a factory.
Had I not stopped playing basketball, I would have continued with my basketball career.

Were it not for + would have: Used in a similar way to the third conditional.

Were it not for good friends, I wouldn’t have taken the risk to take this job.
Were it not for my friends, I would have had a boring childhood.
Were it not for the good times, life would be boring.

Were I to is not the same as Were it for
Were I to = 2nd conditional
Were it for/ Were it not for: 2nd and 3rd

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