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    Unless or Not unless

    Teachers,

    Let's say you are invited to a party and your answer is: "I can come to the party as long as nothing else happens." Which of the following sentences can you use to say the same thing?

    1.Unless something else comes up, I can make it. (Unless something else comes up, I'll be there.)
    or
    2.Not unless something else comes up, I can make it. (Not unless something else comes up, I'll be there.)

    Thank you.

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    Re: Unless or Not unless

    1.Unless something else comes up, I can make it.
    This is ok.

    2.Not unless something else comes up, I can make it.
    Can you see why this isn't? Think about it!

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