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The physician explained that <had the patient known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier> for the check-up.

a. same
b. if the patient had known the warning signs of cancer, he would have
come in earlier

which one you will choose and why?

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16 Mar 2004, 06:22
first choice.
Not sure how to explain but "explained that if" seems convoluted and does not sound as good as "explained that had..."
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16 Mar 2004, 07:20
A..............For choice B I think it shoud be "If the patient knew.........."!!
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16 Mar 2004, 21:28
[quote="mbamantra"]The physician explained that <had the patient known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier> for the check-up.

a. same
b. if the patient had known the warning signs of cancer, he would have
come in earlier
quote]

A sounds better.

Can anyone explain why the 'he' in this sentence refers to the patient and not the physician?
Re: SC: had / if   [#permalink] 16 Mar 2004, 21:28
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