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Recently I've learnt new sentence structure similar to second conditional. In spite of the fact that I can write a positive sentence, I don't have the foggiest idea about how to write a negative sentence. However, I tried to convert it to a negative sentence as following.


Original sentence.

Were they, for example, to mandate that all apartment dwellers should dispose their waste properly and systematically as well as purchase disposable products, this could dramatically change the attitudes and the behaviours of the residents.


Were they, for example, not to mandate that all apartment dwellers should dispose their waste properly and systematically as well as purchase disposable products, this could not dramatically change the attitudes and the behaviours of the residents.


Additionally, please give me a url to learn about this construction further, it you have any.


Thanks.

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dileepaWere they, for example

"Were they" is a more sophisticated or literary way to write "If they were".

e.g.

Were they our friends, they would not mock our beliefs.
Were they to play each other, I'd give the Texans the edge over the Falcons.
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dileepaWere they, for example, not to mandate ...

This is a correct formation of the negative. "Were they not, for example, to mandate ..." is also a possibility.

dileepa... this could not dramatically change the attitudes and the behaviours of the residents.

This is grammatically correct in itself, but it does not follow on very smoothly or expectedly from the first part. The following sentence reads better:

"Were they, for example, not to mandate that all apartment dwellers should dispose of their waste properly and systematically as well as purchase disposable products, there would be no dramatic change in the attitudes and the behaviours of the residents."

"dispose their waste" should be "dispose of their waste".

To me, encouraging people to purchase disposable products seems contrary to the general theme, so I find the sentence as a whole somewhat incoherent, though this is nothing to do with your grammar point.

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Thank you very much for the reply. Additionally, please let me know is there any web site url to learn about some academic writing constructions if you know.

dileepaany web site url

English is such a dynamic and flexible language, that there is no single web site that can cover the topic adequately. If you want some tips, tricks and traps on academic writing, here is one:

https://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/jbednar/writingtips.html

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