IF and UNLESS



IF and UNLESS :




This is something most of us have studied and practiced over and over again in school. Yet, we blunder!


Note the following:


1. If you work hard you will succeed.


Unless you work hard you will not succeed.


2. If you do not work hard you will not succeed.


Unless you work hard you will not succeed.


Note that in the second pair of sentences 'If' takes the negative 'not', where as 'unless' does not take the 'not' in the first part of the sentence.


Here is another example. Note the way the sentence changes:


• If you do not complete the work you will not go home.


• Unless you complete the work you will not go home.


The common mistake is to say: "Unless you will not complete the work you will not go home."



































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