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    Would Not Be Long

    Hello,

    I would like to know if the below sentence is correct.

    "If you do not respond to me, it would not be long before I report this issue to cyber crime cell."

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    Sikandarbaqt

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    Re: Would Not Be Long

    How long is 'would not be long' ?
    I presume you are giving the person an ultimatum.
    The period or deadline you want to give should be specified.


    If you do not respond to me by (date), I will report the issue to cyber crime cell.
    If you fail to give me a reply by (date), I will report the issue to cyber crime cell.
    Should I not receive a reply from you by (date), I will report the issue to cyber crime cell.

    By the way, what is 'cyber crime cell'?

    not a teacher

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    Re: Would Not Be Long

    Quote Originally Posted by sikandarbaqt View Post
    Hello,

    I would like to know if the below sentence is correct.

    "If you do not respond to me, it would not be long before I report this issue to cyber crime cell."

    Regards,
    Sikandarbaqt
    Whilst I agree with tedmc that "not long" is an imprecise length of time, if that's how the writer wanted to word it, then it's not unacceptable. However, the beginning and end need to fit:

    If you do not respond to me, it will not/it won't be long before I report this issue ...
    If you did not respond to me, it would not be long before ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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