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    My boss

    Is the following sentence correct and natural?

    My boss told me that you'll be dismissed if you haven't reached the sales target.
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    Re: My boss

    Perhaps:

    My boss told me that if I didn't reach the sales target I'd be fired.
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    Re: My boss

    There are three people in the sentence - "my boss", "I" and "you". Are you sure?
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    Re: My boss

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Is the following sentence correct and natural?

    My boss told me that you'll be dismissed if you haven't reached the sales target.
    Is the speaker talking to the person in danger of being fired (as Ted suggested)? Because in that case it might make sense. However, what seems more likely is:

    My boss told me that you'll be fired if you don't reach the sales target.
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    Re: My boss

    "My boss told me that you'll be dismissed if you don't reach the sales target."

    The sentence above means that the speaker is telling someone else what the boss said. (But in this case, it's better to say "The boss", because presumably, he/she is the boss of both the speaker and the listener.)

    If you're reporting what the boss said to you, then it would be:

    "My boss told me that I'll be dismissed if I don't reach the sales target."
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    Re: My boss

    "... if you don't reach the sales target" is OK if the person still has some time left to reach the target. "... if you haven't reached the sales target" is OK if the deadline has passed and you/the employee/the boss is just waiting to see the results.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My boss

    Hi bubbha,
    I think the word "haven't" and "don't" both are the same meaning, no any difference.
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    Re: My boss

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Hi bubbha,
    I think the word "haven't" and "don't" mean the same thing.
    No, they don't mean the same thing. You can't replace one with the other.

    haven't - have not (Example: You haven't done it.)
    don't - do not (Example: Don't do it.)
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