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  1. Senior Member
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    #1

    would be punished....unless I completed

    Task: Use ‘unless’ to join the following sentences and the position of ‘unless’ (fixed in the middle) cannot be changed.

    Question: I did not finish my homework on time. I would be punished by my mother.

    My answer: I would be punished by my mother unless I completed my homework on time.

    I used ‘completed’ because of ‘would be punished’. It sounds weird.

    If my answer is correct, why is it correct?

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: would be punished....unless I completed

    Your answer is correct because you got it right.

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    #3

    Re: would be punished....unless I completed

    It's not at all weird. This is similar to a negative form of the second conditional. Think of "unless I completed" as "if I did not complete."

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