Would have I vs. Would I have

Discussion in 'English Only' started by tucoz, May 4, 2014.

  1. tucoz Junior Member

    Bulgarian
    Which is more correct?

    1. Would have I opened the door if I didn't know it was you?

    2. Would I have opened the door if I didn't know it was you?

    I'm guessing that number one is the best grammatically correct option.
     
  2. sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    "Would I have opened the door ...?" is good grammar. "Would have I opened the door ...?" is bad grammar and is not used.
     
  3. tucoz Junior Member

    Bulgarian
    I am confident that I have heard both expressions which is why I strongly question the statement that only #1 is correct. May I get other opinions on the matter, please?
     
  4. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    Texas
    English - US
    Only #2 is correct.
     
  5. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    Only #2 is correct.
     
  6. kalamazoo Senior Member

    US, English
    Only #2 is correct
     
  7. tucoz Junior Member

    Bulgarian
    Thank you all for your help.
     
  8. EStjarn

    EStjarn Senior Member

    Spanish
    Just to be clear, posts 4 through 6 refer to the two sentences in the original post, not to the two sentences in post 2.
     
  9. Biffo Senior Member

    England
    English - England
    1. Would have I opened the door if I didn't know it was you? :cross:

    2. Would I have opened the door if I didn't know it was you? :tick:
     

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