Is the following sentence correct?

Had I had a lamp, I would have had light.

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There is a conditional clause without 'if'. In this case we use an inverted order of words /like in yes-no questions/. So the sentence is grammatically correct.


When you begin a sentence with an auxiliary verbs, it will become a question or an interrogative sentence.

Your sentence is grammatically correct, except there is one thing needed to be changed.

Had I had a lamp? I would have had light.

- The first sentence means you're asking yourself whether at that moment in the past you have a lamp or not.

- The second sentence means you want light, but you don't have it at that moment in the past


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