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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > UNLESS    


United Kingdom

Hi everyone
could please tell me if "unless" can be followed with a negative verb!
as in; unless you don �t work hard, I will buy you a bike.

4 Feb 2014      


Hi Englishteacher! take a look at this link: http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/unless-and-if

4 Feb 2014     

Peter Hardy

In general �Unless � can be replaced by �If not �.  Translating your example: If not you don �t work hard .....  sounds silly, not?  As double negatives are usually avoided, you �d better not use it, unless you want to sound silly, which we all do at times. Meaning we do use the double negatives on purpose at times, i.e. I don �t know nothing about this issue. Hope this helps. Cheers. Peter

5 Feb 2014