if/had (two people's) situations been reversed

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Definition of if/had (two people's) situations been reversed

used to say how someone would have done something if he or she and another person had been in each other's situations
  • If/Had their situations been reversed, she would have done the same.

Word by Word Definitions

had
  1. : past tense and past participle of have

two play
  1. : being one more than one in number

  2. : being the second

  1. : two countable individuals not specified

  2. : a small approximate number of indicated things

  1. : a number that is one more than one — see Table of Numbers

  2. : the second in a set or series

  3. : a 2-dollar bill

people play
  1. : human beings making up a group or assembly or linked by a common interest

  2. : human beings, persons

  3. : the members of a family or kinship

  1. : to supply or fill with people

  2. : to dwell in : inhabit

situation play situations
  1. : the way in which something is placed in relation to its surroundings

  2. : site

  3. : locality

been
  1. : past participle of be

  2. : to equal in meaning : have the same connotation as : symbolize

  3. : to have identity with : to constitute the same idea or object as

reverse play reversed
  1. : opposite or contrary to a previous or normal condition

  2. : having the back presented to the observer or opponent

  3. : made with one's back to the basketball net

  1. : to turn completely about in position or direction

  2. : to turn upside down : invert

  3. : to cause to take an opposite point of view

  1. : something directly contrary to something else : opposite

  2. : an act or instance of reversing

  3. : the back part of something


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