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    Lightbulb What is the meaning of "not unless" in this sentence?

    Hey guys,

    I have some difficulties in understanding the meaning of "not unless" in the following example which is a part of a movie:

    A: oh, you are a director?
    B: (Laughing) Not unless you're talking about a couple of horror movies.

    The point is that after this conversation it turns out that Person B is no real director and is actually a song producer.

    So, what is the meaning of "not unless" then? Does person B mean that he's made some horror movies?

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    Re: What is the meaning of "not unless" in this sentence?

    Person B is saying that he has directed a couple of horror movies, but that he is not really a director. "Not unless" means "no" except for a particular condition indicated by "unless".

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    Re: What is the meaning of "not unless" in this sentence?

    In that context, "Not unless" could be replaced by "Only if".

    - So you're a director.
    - [You can say that], only if you include/count a couple of horror movies.

    If, in your opinion, directing a couple of horror films makes me a director then yes, you can call me a director.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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