If you are reading this, it means you’ve studied conditionals and can understand them quite well.
Now let me introduce you to inversion in conditionals. Don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds.
You can often find inverted conditionals in formal speech or see it used for emphasis.
There are several ways of introducing a new idea in the English language: by using the introductory structure “there is/are” or by using the introductory “it”. So what’s the difference?
So can act as a substitute for an adjective, adverb, or a whole clause if we don’t want to be overly repetitive:
Richard was enraged at his brother’s stupidity and he had every right to be so. (= to be enraged)
Elon considered the suggestion seriously and Helen even more so. (= even more seriously)
Mike’s going to be there. At least I presume so. (= that he is going to be there)
An auxiliary verb (be, have, can, will, would, etc.) can be used instead of a whole verb group or instead of a verb in order to avoid repeating words from a previous clause.
When we want to express ability, possibility, willingness, certainty, necessity, or obligation, we can use modal verbs.
When we want to express our choices or our preferences of one thing over another, we can use modal structures “would prefer / would rather”.
Back in the day, when I was your age, I had to … walk to school for two hours in winter, fight off bears to get to the library or print newspapers to afford lunch, blah… blah… We’ve all heard similar exaggerated statements from our parents or other older relatives. Let’s learn how to reminisce about “the good old days” using modal verbs in the past.