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  1. ronnie osullivan New Member

    Chinese
    Hearn, who has managed O’Sullivan in the past, has vowed not to stand in the 37-year-old’s way should the latest in a long line of retirement warnings be one he stick to.


    What does the words in red mean? I am quite confused for the ' should'.
     
  2. Beryl from Northallerton Moderator

    British English
    Hello ronnie osullivan, and Welcome to the Forum! :)

    "should the latest in a long line of retirement warnings be one he stick to" = in the event that he decides to retire after having threatened to retire on many previous occasions. :)
     
  3. boozer Senior Member

    Bulgaria
    Bulgarian
    I am getting a bit confused. I surely have no problem with this veiled conditional but I wonder if it should not be 'sticks to'... If it should be one he sticks to sounds fine to me.
     
  4. Beryl from Northallerton Moderator

    British English
    I think that's right, boozer, though ronnie seems to be asking about the use of 'should'.
    I see you've called it a veiled conditional. Is that the official term for it? Maybe you could say a little more, as I couldn't find any previous thread with this term in the title. :)
     
  5. boozer Senior Member

    Bulgaria
    Bulgarian
    No, Beryl, I called it 'veiled conditional' and I am ready to take full responsibility for that. :D I do not remember its proper name if that's what you're asking. However, when I do see its proper name somewhere it's like I've always known it. Too bad I studied all that grammar so long ago. :) All I know is that it is a conditional that does not need 'if' to be seen as one. I was initially confused because you hadn't changed that 'stick' to 'sticks' and it appeared you were happy with it. I should have known better. :)
     
  6. Beryl from Northallerton Moderator

    British English
    Of course, you're right - I have read the internet from cover to cover.

    Here's (what I presume is) the source: Ronnie O'Sullivan admits Barry Hearn has the power to pursuade him to carry on playing snooker - Telegraph.

    And although the title rather daringly flouts spelling conventions, wade a little deeper into the story and you'll find the following:
    "Hearn, who has managed O’Sullivan in the past, has vowed not to stand in the 37-year-old’s way should the latest in a long line of retirement warnings be one he sticks to."
     
  7. ronnie osullivan New Member

    Chinese
    Much thank to you guy!!
     

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