Unless – other way of introducing conditionals


Other ways of introducing conditionals



Unless has the meaning of if not (negative verb) in the sense of except if/except in the case that.

  • We’ll go to the beach unless it is cloudy (except if it is cloudy)
  • I will leave at 9, unless you want to leave earlier.
  • Do not leave the building, unless instructed to do so by the authorities.


Unless is not used when talking of imaginary situations or events

for example:

  •  – If she weren’t so intelligent she would have problems understanding.

But NOT *Unless she were so intelligent ……


  • If you hadn’t stopped me I would have fallen

But NOT *Unless you had stopped me……..


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