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    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    #1

    Unless

    Hello
    Take a look at the sentence from Murphy, unit 114.
    I don’t watch TV unless/as long as I have got nothing to do. According to the key I need to use – unless instead of as long as. Why? As I know unless means if … not and in the second part of the sentence we have “nothing”. It is not possible to use 2 negatives in a English sentence. I think as long as is correct.
    Thank you.

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    • Join Date: Sep 2003
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    Re: Unless

    unless expresses an exception, whereas as long as expresses a condition.

    Ex: I don't watch TV unless/except if I have nothing to do,
    and then I will watch TV.

    Ex: %I don't watch TV as long as/provided that I have nothing to do,
    and then I won't watch TV. <% semantcally circular>

    Here are examples, and a quiz you can try.

    All the best.

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    • Join Date: Sep 2003
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    #3

    Re: Unless

    Welcome, xyz.

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