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    Provided or unless?

    1-I'm playing tennis tomorrow (unless-providing)it is raining
    2-I'm going now (unless-provided) you stop me
    And where is the error:
    - I need some advice to solve my problems
    - I'd better not to go to school today
    - I'd prefer eating at home
    - I prefer driving to travel by train
    - I'd rather you to cook the dinner now
    thank you

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    Re: Provided or unless?

    I can't understand the differences between them.I think there is no big different in meaning..am i right?

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    #3

    Re: Provided or unless?

    Quote Originally Posted by wissmayes View Post
    1-I'm playing tennis tomorrow (unless-providing)it is raining
    2-I'm going now (unless-provided) you stop me
    And where is the error:
    - I need some advice to solve my problems.
    - I'd better not to go to school today.
    - I'd prefer to eat at home. To my American ears, anyway.
    - I prefer to drive than to travel by train. Again, to my American ears.
    - I'd rather you to cook the dinner now. I'd rather you cook the dinner now - no "to" with cook. But this is an odd sentence. I'd rather you cook the dinner now than clean the bathroom?
    thank you
    Unless and provided have opposite meanings.
    Unless means "If this is happening, I won't do it." Provided means "Only if this is happening will I do it."

    I'm going to have another piece of cake, unless you ate it all up already.
    I'm going to have another piece of cake, provided that there still is any left.

    Both of your examples should be unless.

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    Re: Provided or unless?

    Thank you very much.

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