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I've just seen the following sentence on a band's biography:

Had it not been for a studio theft, the band might never have made that song.

Then I was wondering if I can change this sentence to:

If it were not for a studio theft, the band might never have made that song.

Is the second sentence correct? Are they interchangeable?

Thanks in advance.

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It is correct, however, "If it hadn't been for a studio theft, the band might never have made that song." would be a better choice for, say, exam purposes. If it had not been = Had it not been (this is called inversion) If it were not for = Were it not for Search conditionals for more information.

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