Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 38 | Grammar | Inverted Conditionals: Real & Unreal Present
Conditional sentences can be made to sound more formal using the following inverted constructions;
should + subject + base form
Should this trend continue, ipods will become obsolete by the end of 2009.
Should consumers not choose to adopt mobile gaming, the industry may suffer a catastrophic blow.
were + subject + to + base form
Were it easier to access high-speed trains, more commuters would accept it as a way of travel.
Were companies not to adapt, they would risk losing out to competitors.
- Invert the following sentences using the verbs in bold.
- Companies may stop investing in ebooks if sales continue to stagnate. (should)
- Traditionally broadcasted TV may become a thing of the past if people continue to stream content on mobile devices. (should)
- Investors might well lose faith in the project if sales were to decline any further. (were)
- If companies choose not to invest in mobile gaming, they may well see a decline in revenue over the next decade. (should)
- E-readers would undoubtedly be more popular among the older generation if they were easier to navigate. (were)
- If consumers don’t adopt early, the product might fail in its first year. (should)