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    #1

    Question " Unless " or " Even if "

    Hi,

    Which one is correct?
    And why?

    I would not live abroad unless / even if I could take my family.


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: " Unless " or " Even if "

    Both are correct, but mean different things.

    With unless, it means that, if you could take your family with you, you would live abroad.
    With even if, on the other hand, you are saying that you would not go to live abroad, no matter what.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: " Unless " or " Even if "

    Might the OP mean 'except if', which is similar to 'unless'?
    See http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...chDictCode=all

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    Re: " Unless " or " Even if "

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Might the OP mean 'except if', which is similar to 'unless'?
    Where did you find "except if"? That's not natural to my ears.

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    Re: " Unless " or " Even if "

    Please click on the link in my post#3 above.

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    #6

    Re: " Unless " or " Even if "

    OK, yes. "Except if" is the meaning, but it's not natural English. That was my point.

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    #7

    Re: " Unless " or " Even if "

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Both are correct, but mean different things.

    With unless, it means that, if you could take your family with you, you would live abroad.
    With even if, on the other hand, you are saying that you would not go to live abroad, no matter what.
    I send an email today as mentined below. Am I correctly used "even if"?

    I presumed that expectd area would be around 2000 Sqmt,we shall go ahead with our proposal for the same amount on lumpsum basis (USD 50,000) even if quantity exceeded 10 % (upto 2200 Sqmt)
    Last edited by Kumar Nadimuthu; 02-Mar-2015 at 20:33.

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    #8

    Re: " Unless " or " Even if "

    I take it to mean that you will go ahead whether or not it increases by 10%.

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    Re: " Unless " or " Even if "

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I take it to mean that you will go ahead whether or not it increases by 10%.

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    It means,our proposal would be applicaple upto 2200 sqmt. Even if less than 2000 sqmt the same amount would apply.

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    #10

    Re: " Unless " or " Even if "

    If the price applies to anything up to and including 2200 square metres, why do you need to mention 2000 square metres or 10% at all?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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