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    If/Unless

    If it rains heavily, the football match will be cancelled.

    1. Which is the correct sentence if I use "Unless" instead of "If"?

    2. Unless it rains heavily, the football match will not be cancelled.

    Is the second sentence correct in transforming the first sentence?

    Many thanks
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 12-Oct-2008 at 15:46.

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    Re: If/Unless

    Tan Elaine,
    your "unless" re-write is correct; when in doubt, try switching the positions of the two phrases: The football match will not be cancelled, unless it rains heavily. The sentence beginning with "unless", while not incorrect, leans toward the "double negitive"; it's a bit confusing to the ear.

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    Re: If/Unless

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    If it rains heavily, the football match will be cancelled.

    1. Which is the correct sentence if I use "Unless" instead of "If"?

    2. Unless it rains heavily, the football match will not be cancelled.

    Is the second sentence correct in transforming the first sentence?

    Many thanks

    1.If it rains heavily, the football match will be cancelled.

    2.Unless it rains heavily, the football match will not be cancelled.

    Both are correct , but the first sentence sounds naturally ,I think.

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