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The auxiliary verb can come at the beginning of a sentence and that wasn't a question like this

It is quite possible that, had they been born into a life of privilege, they wouldn't have committed their crimes.

or we say they had been born.....

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  • it's a hypothetical situation which means the same as if they were born into a life of privilege, they wouldn't have committed their crimes. Dec 8, 2019 at 20:11
  • I recently notice your answer. Thank you Mar 12, 2020 at 15:22

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Had they been born into a life of privilege, they wouldn't have committed their crimes.

is a case of inversion in Type 3 conditionals, being equivalent to:

If they had been born into a life of privilege, they wouldn't have committed their crimes.

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  • I really appreciate your answer. Dec 9, 2019 at 12:02

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