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Language Questions / Re: unless... don't
« Last post by admin on Today at 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.
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Language Questions / Re: unless... don't
« Last post by zhonglc_2016 on Today at 04:30:34 pm »
Got it. Thank you both. 
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Language Questions / Re: ---- think after the flood
« Last post by admin on Today at 10:25:32 am »
No - it means that everything stopped, the slate was wiped clean, and thinking started again.
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Language Questions / Re: unless... don't
« Last post by admin on Today at 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.

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Language Questions / Re: unless... don't
« Last post by Britta on Today at 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.


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Language Questions / ---- think after the flood
« Last post by t k on Today at 02:33:37 am »
How old might this Gletkin be? Thirty-six or
seven, at the most; he must have taken part in the Civil War as
a youth and seen the outbreak of the Revolution as a mere boy.
That was the generation which had started to think after the
flood
. It had no traditions, and no memories to bind it to the
old, vanished world. It was a generation born without umbilical
cord.
  (from Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "think after the flood".  Does it mean "think as the majority think"?  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / unless... don't
« Last 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.


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Language Questions / Re: others would do (to) you
« Last post by zhonglc_2016 on July 13, 2019, 12:20:31 pm »
Got it. Many thanks again.
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Language Questions / Re: others would do (to) you
« Last post by admin on July 13, 2019, 11:10:05 am »
No: it doesn't.
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Language Questions / Re: a better book
« Last post by navi on July 13, 2019, 06:02:26 am »
Thank you very much, Duncan,

I think  'Significant' is better than 'important'.

Gratefully,
Navi
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