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Ken Mikulecky, who is working with West's former patients and the state attorney general on a petition to have his license revoked, is convinced his wife would have had a better chance of surviving had her doctor not been an addict.

Does the following have the same meaning?

his wife would have had a better chance of surviving, if her doctor were not an addict

Thanks in advance!
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To be accurate, you'd say "if her doctor had not been an addict".
Miriam
Thanks for your reply. I know for sure your choice is correct and in fact, according to native speakers, an equivalent for the had X not version. However, I wonder if the choice posted is correct too.
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New2grammar
Thanks for your reply. I know for sure your choice is correct and in fact, according to native speakers, an equivalent for the had X not version. However, I wonder if the choice posted is correct too.

... his wife would have had a better chance of surviving had her doctor not been an addict. (This sentence refers to what happened in the past.)
YL, Are you saying "if he weren't an addict" refers to the hypothetical present like "if I were you", so "if he had not been an addict" and "had he not been an addict" are suitable choices?

If I'm not mistaken, "if I had been you" is considered wrong by native speakers. I don't quite understand why the hypothetical present isn't suitable in this context, though I have some idea Emotion: smile.

OK. Here is what I think.

There are two reasons: First, "if I were you" is a fixed expression. Second, it is like a wish, meaning the subject can't possibly become another person. To use Had X not or if X had not, the condition must be something achievable though hypothetical.

What do you think? Thanks
New2grammar
Ken Mikulecky, who is working with West's former patients and the state attorney general on a petition to have his license revoked, is convinced his wife would have had a better chance of surviving had her doctor not been an addict.

Does the following have the same meaning?

his wife would have had a better chance of surviving, if her doctor were not an addict

his wife would have had is not consistent with if her doctor were not an addict.

He would have died if the surgeon were less skilful. (This is not correct.)

He would have died if the surgeon had been less skilful. (This is correct.)
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OK. I totally get you now. Consistency is the key! Thanks!
New2grammarhis wife would have had a better chance of surviving, if her doctor were not an addict
You will hear people say it this way, and if you used it, you would be understood. Nevertheless, you probably should not imitate it. It's not as good as the original version.
CJ
New2grammarIf I'm not mistaken, "if I had been you" is considered wrong by native speakers.
There is not often an occasion to use this turn of phrase, but it is not wrong.
If I had been you (in that situation), I would have taken the money. (all in past time)

CJ
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