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    unless / if...not

    1. I couldn't have got to the meeting on time - unless I had caught an earlier train.
    2. I couldn't have got to the meeting on time, if I hadn't caught an earlier train.
    What's the difference in meaning between the above two sentences?
    Last edited by sitifan; 24-Oct-2008 at 09:56.

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    Post Re: unless / if...not

    Hi
    I would like to say that I find something missing in the sentences that you have mentioned.
    firstly the first part of the sentence should be like:
    I couldn't have reached the meeting on time (as here the past perfect tense is being used)
    and secondly it is 'early train' not 'earlier train'.
    and the sentence would appear something like this:
    I couldn't have reached the meeting on time, if I hadn't caught an early train.

    It is just my opinion. You may take help from others.
    thanks
    take care

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    Re: unless / if...not

    Thank you, Simar Kharbanda. I've corrected my typos.

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    Re: unless / if...not

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. I couldn't have got to the meeting on time - unless I had caught an earlier train.
    2. I couldn't have got to the meeting on time, if I hadn't caught an earlier train.
    What's the difference in meaning between the above two sentences?
    These sentences are both correct, but they mean different things.
    1. means you didn't get to the meeting. The clause "unless I had caught an earlier train" implies that you didn't; so therefore you didn't get to the meeting. This would be a good excuse to give to your boss about why you weren't there.
    2. means that you did get to the meeting; "if I hadn't caught an earlier train" implies that you did catch the earlier train, so you did get to the meeting.

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