Dear teacher,
"Weren't they rich, they couldn't have gone to the USA for their holiday."
Please tell me if I can write the conditional sentence in the negative form in such a way?
And the tense I used is correct? Could I use "Hadn't they been rich"?
"Hadn't they been rich, they couldn't have gone to the USA for their holiday."
Thank you very much.
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Weren't they rich, they couldn't have gone to the USA for their holiday."

You could say this:

  • Were they not rich, they couldn't have gone to the USA for their holiday.

    This means that they are rich, and they have been rich for a while. In the past -- during the time that they have been rich say, in 2005 -- they went to the USA for their holiday, which they couldn't have done if they were not rich now and in the past.

    Or this:

  • Had they not been rich, they couldn't have gone to the USA for their holiday.

    This refers only to the past. They were rich at a time in the past, and that's why they could go to the USA for their holiday. If they had not been rich, they couldn't have gone.

    Rachel
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