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Dear Friends,

Today I have just found a sentence in my book. But I really cannot understand what the grammatical structure of this sentence is? And I have never seen such kind of sentence. Please help me. Here is the sentence

" Only if the marginal benefit and cost are as close as possible to being equal will the community have the optimal number of schools"

My first question is “ is this possible for me to write this sentence this way without changing the actual meaning of the above sentence” - Only if the marginal benefit and cost are as close as possible to being equal, the community will have the optimal number of schools"?

My second question is what the grammatical structure of this sentence is?

Friend could you please refer me a book or few books for knowing the meaning of this kinds of sentence more better?

Waiting for your valuable reply...................................
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Hi rakib, Welcome to the English Forums!

You'll have to wait for an ESL expert to give you the inside scoop on conditionals and references.

If you stay, you will find out what I mean. Only if you stay will you find out what I mean. If you stay you will find out what I mean, but that's the only way.

IF the marginal benefit and cost are as close as possible to being equal, THEN the community will have the optimal number of schools,
and that's the only way.

Sorry, but your underlined solution to the sentence is not grammatical.

Best wishes, - A.
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Hi Avangi,

Lots of thanks for you reply.

rakib