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    Dear teachers

    Are these sentences correct?

    You shouldn't talk to him. I will.
    If you won't go talk to him. I will.
    If you aren't going to talk to him. I will.


    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: Sentences with 'should' and 'if'

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    You shouldn't talk to him. I will.
    If you won't go talk to him
    ., I will.
    If you aren't going to talk to him
    ., I will.
    The first and third are fine, with the punctuation change I made in the third.

    The second is possible, with the punctuation change, but I consider it very informal. I would either delete 'go' or follow it with 'and' or 'to'.

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    #3

    Re: Sentences with 'should' and 'if'

    Do you understand that #1 has a different meaning to the other two, Offroad?

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    #4

    Re: Sentences with 'should' and 'if'

    No, I do not. I did think they shared the same meaning. Could you explain the difference?

    Thank you for raising this question!

    Offroad

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    Re: Sentences with 'should' and 'if'

    In the first sentence the speaker is advising someone not to talk to a third party; s/he is saying that s/he (the speaker) will talk to that person.

    In the second and third sentences, the speaker is saying that s/he (the speaker) will talk to the third party if the person addressed does not do so. The speaker is not imposing any obligation on the person addressed not to talk to the third party.

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    #6

    Re: Sentences with 'should' and 'if'

    Hmm. The context made me think they were the same.

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    #7

    Re: Sentences with 'should' and 'if'

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Hmm. The context made me think they were the same.
    Well, they are not. However, this is similar in meaning to the second and third sentences, if rather formal:

    Should you not talk to him, I will.

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