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    #1

    If you finish/do not finish...

    If you do not finish your homework, you cannot go out with us.

    If you finish your homework, you can go out with us.

    Are both sentences correct and mean the same?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: If you finish/do not finish...

    They're fine.

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    #3

    Re: If you finish/do not finish...

    They don't mean exactly the same thing. The first threatens a punishment; the second promises a reward.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: If you finish/do not finish...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post

    Are both sentences correct and do they mean the same?
    In real life, we'd say don't and can't.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 04-May-2017 at 14:38.

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