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General => Language Questions => Topic started by: zhonglc_2016 on July 16, 2019, 11:31:33 pm

Title: unless... don't
Post by: zhonglc_2016 on July 16, 2019, 11:31:33 pm
Hello all,

1. You will get a good grade in the course unless you don't do your homework.

This sentence comes from a Chinese grammar book.
I think it is nonsensical or I am wrong. Is it correct?

2. You will get a good grade in the course unless you do your homework carefully.
3. You will get a good grade in the course unless you don't play computer games.

2&3 are by myself. What do you think of them?


Many many thanks.


Title: Re: unless... don't
Post by: Britta on July 17, 2019, 07:52:09 am
Well, the sense of the sentence is debatable since a good grade depends on more than just doing your homework. From the grammar point of view it is fine, though.

You will get a good grade in the course unless (=except if) you don't do your homework.
or, in other words
You will get a good grade in the course if you (always) do your homework.

I think you're confusing "unless" with "not - unless":

You will not get a good grade in the course unless you do your homework.

Interesting side remark: this sentence makes much more sense. It says, homework is required for good grades, whereas the original sentence says, homework is the only requirement for good grades.


Title: Re: unless... don't
Post by: admin on July 17, 2019, 10:23:58 am
Britta's suggestion there is spot on:
>You will not get a good grade in the course unless you do your homework.

1. You will get a good grade in the course unless you don't if you do your homework.

This sentence comes from a Chinese grammar book.
I think it is nonsensical or I am wrong. Is it correct?
It is nonsensical

2. You will get a good grade in the course unless if you do your homework carefully.
3. You will get a good grade in the course unless if you don't play computer games.

Title: Re: unless... don't
Post by: zhonglc_2016 on July 17, 2019, 04:30:34 pm
Got it. Thank you both. 
Title: Re: unless... don't
Post by: admin on July 17, 2019, 09:30:23 pm
But also:

1. You will won't get a good grade in the course unless you don't if you do your homework.
2. You will won't get a good grade in the course unless if you do your homework carefully.
3. You will won't get a good grade in the course unless if you don't play computer games.
Title: Re: unless... don't
Post by: Britta on July 18, 2019, 08:22:53 am
You won't get a good grade in the course unless you don't play computer games.

I don't buy that one. Pure propaganda.  8)
Title: Re: unless... don't
Post by: admin on July 18, 2019, 09:25:39 am
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