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    unless + negation

    I have got a big doubt about concerning this topic: if 'unless' can be followed by a negative form.
    My understanding is that I can use the negative form after unless(with the meaning of 'if not'), only that the meaning of the sentence introduced by unless will turn out to have a positive signification. Could someone confirm it or not,please?

    e.g. Unless he doesn't do his homework, he's free to play computer games.
    It means that if he does his homework , he will be free to play....

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    Re: unless + negation

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    e.g. Unless he doesn't do his homework, he's free to play computer games.
    It means that if he does his homework , he will be free to play....
    To a certain extent, yes. 'Unless' and 'if not' are not exactly synonyms - 'unless' has more of the idea of 'only if... not'.

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