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unless #1 (permalink) Fri Apr 05, 2013 16:08 pm   unless
 

Hello everyone;

Is this correct to use a negative verb with 'unless'?
"Unless you don't stop nagging,we won't give you your pocket money."
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unless #2 (permalink) Fri Apr 05, 2013 16:22 pm   unless
 

Hi Lilish!

Though I am non-native speaker of English, I can tell you with 99 % of certainty that you cannot use unless
with a negative verb. There are two possible versions (with the same meaning):

(1) Unless you stop nagging, we won't give you pocket money OR
(2) If you don't stop nagging, we won't give you pocket money
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unless #3 (permalink) Fri Apr 05, 2013 16:24 pm   unless
 

Hi Lilish!

Though I am non-native speaker of English, I can tell you with 99 % of certainty that you cannot use unless
with a negative verb. There are two possible versions (with the same meaning):

(1) Unless you stop nagging, we won't give you pocket money. OR
(2) If you do not stop nagging, we won't give you pocket money.
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Re: unless #4 (permalink) Fri Apr 05, 2013 17:31 pm   Re: unless
 

Lilish wrote:
Hello everyone;
Is this correct to use a negative verb with 'unless'?
"Unless you don't stop nagging,we won't give you your pocket money."

As 'unless' = 'IF NOT', your sentence will import the following intent.

'If you stop nagging, we won't give you your pocket money', which is certainly not what you mean.
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