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hello i want know the use of unless in this sentence
If the EU continue with austerity, the people will be angry
Unless the Eu don't continue with austerity, the people will be angry
Is correct ??
If banks exetend credit, Many shop will open
Unless banks don't exentd credit, many shop will open
Is ok ?
In this case unless = IF not + don't = if ?
Last edited by tmc13; 01-Apr-2014 at 18:10.
PS: Do try to remember that "I" is always a capital letter, and that, unlike in Italian, the verb must always have an explicit subject. You must say "is this correct?", "is it OK?" etc.
[Not a teacher]
But in my homework there is this sentence
If banks extend credit, many shops will open
and i must transform it
unless banks................., many shop will open
So for me i must insert " don't extend credit"
And i have found this rule
Unless means, approximately, “if not”, so to change if to unless, you need to negate the rest of the subordinate clause. Unless can be followed by a negative verb if it replaces if with a positive clause
Is it ok ?
Your homework exercise is pointless.
Unless the banks extend credit, many shops will not open.
That's the only natural way to transform this. Forcing the ending to be "many shops will open" creates a very unnatural sentence. As you have now heard three times.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Some books give the impression that 'if ... not' can always be replaced by 'unless'. This is simply not true.
I am not a teacher.
Transform it to this and you'll have a sentence that makes sense.
"Unless banks extend credit, many shops will close."
Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Apr-2014 at 11:38.
That's generally the meaning it conveys, That does not mean that 'unless' and 'except if' are always interchangeable.