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Conditionals with "Unless"

The word unless basically means the same thing as if ... not. For example, "Unless you study, you will fail" means the same thing as "If you do not study, you will fail."

Unless is often used in conditional sentences. It can be used with the first, second, or third conditional. Here are some examples.

First Conditional: "You'll be unhappy unless you break up with her" = "You'll be unhappy if you do not break up with her."

Second Conditional: "I wouldn't ask her out unless you told me it was OK" = "I wouldn't ask her out if you told me it was not OK."

Third Conditional: "They wouldn't have come over unless we'd invited them" = "They wouldn't have come over if we had not invited them."

Conditionals with "Unless" Grammar Quiz

  1. Elephants attack people unless they are protecting their young.

  2. Unless you're going to be running a lot of programs simultaneously, an expensive computer necessary.

  3. Unless you to stop to eat, can we keep driving?

  4. Unless those crickets don't stop chirping, I'm crazy.

  5. I would have raised my hand, if I the answer.

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Conditionals with "Unless" Lessons:

No Worries

Alienation

Walking Out of Movies

When Pigs Fly - Conditionals with Unless

Hugging

Bored Out of One's Mind

The Bermuda Triangle

Long Shot

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小权

China

I won't trust any stranger unless I have had enough contact with thenm.

11:37 AM Oct 16 2009 |

friendly_fire

Peru

Unless we don't reduce inorganic gases in atmosphere, the global warming will continue. =)

03:55 AM Oct 16 2009 |

DaeNg

DaeNg

Thailand

ํYou shouldn't hug her unless i will go now.

02:29 AM Oct 16 2009 |

Cashier61

Turkey

unless you look bad , you will see happiness in life…

 

07:09 PM Oct 12 2009 |

yawar

yawar

Pakistan

so nice,

08:25 PM Apr 27 2009 |

Miss.Nana

Miss.Nana

Saudi Arabia

It's perfect lesson,It's new information.Thank you

09:05 PM Apr 20 2009 |

Vit_dreamer

Russian Federation

I would not have known about it unliss I had read this article! Thanks!

02:32 PM Mar 28 2009 |

_Burcu_

Austria

Exactly we have this grammar part in the school now =)

I'm happy that i can learn here about that much more.

01:46 PM Mar 05 2009 |

iman82

iman82

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

really its diffcult, please englishbaby we want to more explain for it.

01:51 PM Feb 21 2009 |

goldclock

goldclock

North Korea

I should have studied harder with the word "unless".so difficult to use in my conversation. but Thanks alot.

I would never know it unless i saw this in here.

03:58 AM Feb 04 2009 |