I am reading a economics book and the following sentence confuses me:
Were such individuals to gain a lot of money, they would stop buying
It seems strange to me. What is the meaning of this sentence? What sentence pattern does it belong to?
Normally an unreal if-clause has the form if + past subjunctive/ past perfect subjunctive as in
- If I had* enough money/If I had* had enough money ( had* = past subjunctive).
You can choose a variant without “if” and with inversion
- Had* I enough money/ Had* I had enough money.
This variant is always possible in written elevated style.