- For Teachers
Certain warnings/threats with and and not ….or convey a message very similar in meaning to conditional utterances, though they are not conditional constructions:
Come home so late home again and I’ll ground you for a month.
Don’t come home so late home again or I’ll ground you for a month.
The meaning of these is similar to the conditional contruction: If you come home so late home again, I’ll ground you for a month.
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Written by7 JE Webb for UsingEnglish.com
About the author:I began teaching in 1967, and, apart from post-grad studies, have been teaching and writing ever since. I've taught French and Herman in British secondary schools and FE Colleges, and EFL at schools and universities in China, the Czech Republic, Estonia.,