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I want to say, if some person was told about the situation before, she wouldn't have reacted that way.

So which one seems grammatically correct?

Had Ishaani known about the situation before, she wouldn't have felt so heartbroken.

or:

Was Ishaani been informed before, she wouldn't have felt so heartbroken.

Or should that last one be:

Was Ishaani been informed before, she wouldn't had felt so heartbroken.

Or any other sentence form would be appreciated.

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As long as the context makes clear what the missing information was, then you could simply say:

Had Ishaani known, she wouldn't have felt so heartbroken.

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"Had Ishaani known about the situation before, she wouldn't have felt so heart broken"

Works (slight modification, "wouldn't" has an apostrophe, it's a conjunction of "would" and "not")

"was Inshani been informed before, She wouldn't have felt so heart broken.

Doesn't really work, and will likely confuse who hears it. "Was [noun] been" is not a pattern generally used in English. The following

The following also work:

"If Inshani had been informed before, She wouldn't have had felt so heart broken.

or

"Had Inshani been informed, she wouldn't have been heartbroken."

For this last one, "before" isn't needed, since informed, had, and been are all past tense, implying it as a before event. Further, since heartbroken is exclusively a feeling, saying she felt it is a little redundant.

or

"Inshani wouldn't have been heartbroken if she had known."

This one technically flows as one thought instead of a first thought and following thought

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You can say had X {past-participle} as part of a question that uses past perfect.

Had I gone to the park ..., had I walked to the store ...

and was X {past-participle} as part of a question that uses passive voice...

Was the dog walked by someone today? Was I informed by someone of X ...

but {form of be} + {past-participle} + {another past-participle} doesn't ever work.

Was I been informed ... [bad]

It does work with have. This is past perfect + passive voice in question form.

Have I been informed (ok)

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Third conditional, mixed conditional, Inversion

  1. If Ishaani had known before, she wouldn't have felt so heartbroken.

is a third conditional as the structure is :

If + past perfect, would/wouldn’t have + past participle.

We often use the third conditional to express regrets – describing things we are sorry happened or didn’t happen.

While the main clause in a conditional sentence can be declarative, imperative or interrogative, an if-clause cannot be interrogative or imperative. In some cases a conditional sentence occurs without if but with auxiliary inversion. (Auxiliary verb 'had' is placed before the subject)

Had Ishaani known about the situation before, she wouldn't have felt so heartbroken.

  1. Was Ishaani been informed before, she wouldn't have felt so heartbroken.

This structure is not possible because only an interrogative sentence can begin with 'was'. Also 'been' the past participle of the verb 'to be' uses the auxiliary verbs 'has, have or had' but never the verbs 'was or were'.

You can make a mixed conditional sentence by using 'was' -

If Ishaani was informed before, she wouldn't have felt so heartbroken.

If you want a sentence with inversion of 'was' it can be written as -

So heartbroken (or miserable) was Ishaani that she wasn't pre informed.

https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/inversion.html#:~:text=3%3A%20We%20can%20use%20inversion,lost%20was%20on%20the%20table.)

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