I have difficulty in understanding how to use "had been" and "or" in a sentence which describes a past tenancy.


"These questions therefore arise: had the tenancy been extended; or had it been changed hand; or even had there been no tenancy in force at all, at the material time"

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This appears to be formal and or legal language.

Some questions arise.

Question 1: Had the tenancy been extended?

Question 2: Had the tenancy been changed hand?

Question 3: Had there been no tenancy at all?

The word "or" is used to show that the above options were alternatives. Presumably only one of the above three is possible.

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  • Thank you very much for your help – MEGA Nov 20 at 11:23

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