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should vs. if

Postby pprovazky » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:55 am

Hello,
I have a question about the use of word should. My teacher once used in the sentence should and I am sure that the correct word should be if.
My question is therefore if the word should can be substituted by the word if.
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Re: should vs. if

Postby Alan » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:43 am

In fairly formal usage, an inverted should-construction can replace an if-construction with the same meaning, e.g.

Should you have any problems, please contact me. = If you have any problems, please contact me.

Thus what appears to be simply the replacement of a single word is in fact the replacement of one construction by another!
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