038. If it hadn’t been for…

-> used for saying who or what prevented something from happening

 

I. EXAMPLES:

If it hadn’t been for your help, my experiments would have failed.

If it hadn’t been for the lifeboat, I would have drowned.

If it hadn’t been for her careful arrangement, the party would not have been a success.

Without my persuasion, he would not have come.

Without your financial support, we could not have finished the project

II. DIALOGUES:

Woman: Where’s my son?

Fireman: Don’t worry, Miss, your son will be fine. We sent him to the hospital.

Woman: Thank you so much.

Fireman: You’re welcome.

Woman: Without your help my son would have died in that fire.

Fireman:  We got here just  in time.  A minute  later and it would have been almost impossible to save him.

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