English is complicated

AdrianH

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#1
Can you rewrite the following?

"If you had informed us on inception of your policy, we would not have..."

to

"Should you had informed us on inception of your policy, we would not have..."
 

gamer16

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#2
Sounds about right.

Its another way of saying "the fault lies with you, as you have not informed us of policy changes at a suitable date to implementation"

or just "its your fault"
 

Sepeng

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#4
Can you rewrite the following?

"If you had informed us on inception of your policy, we would not have..."

to

"Should you had informed us on inception of your policy, we would not have..."
You can do anything you like. :)

"Should you had" - "Had you"?
 

RazedInBlack

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#7
Can you rewrite the following?

"If you had informed us on inception of your policy, we would not have..."

to

"Should you had informed us on inception of your policy, we would not have..."

"Had you informed us on inception of your policy, we would not have..."

English is not that complicated.
 

Milano

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#11
Should you have informed us at the time of policy inception, we would not have...
Should you have informed us on inception of your policy then we would not have...
Had you informed us on inception of your policy, we would not have..
Had you not failed to inform us at the time of policy inception, we would not have...
Had we been informed on inception, we would not have...
If at the time of inception, you had informed us of of your policy, then we would have..
We would have ____________ , were we informed at the time of policy inception.
We would have ____________ , had we been informed at the time of policy inception.
At the time of policy inception we should have been informed, in which case we would have..
...and probably another 800 different ways to write it
 

Honey Badger

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#13
Not a single person sees there should be a comma between "us" and "on"?

I'm hoping it's because it's Friday and our brains have already switched off :)
 

Nick333

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#18
"had you", should you have", or " if you had". I'd go with the latter because it works and is closer to engels as it are spoke.
 

Techne

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#19
Can you rewrite the following?

"If you had informed us on inception of your policy, we would not have..."

to

"Should you had informed us on inception of your policy, we would not have..."
Jou dom drol, as jy net van die begin af jou bek oopgemaak het dan het ons nie nou met gebakte pere gesit nie.
 

Geoff.D

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#20
I once sat in a meeting at the ITU for a complete day arguing about the words:
'could' 'would' 'should' and 'might' in a new recommendation.

There is even an RFC document dealing with some of these words and how they should be used in tenders, specs and recommendations.
 
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