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Expression "unless he be a lunatic"



 
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Expression "unless he be a lunatic" #1 (permalink) Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:07 am   Expression "unless he be a lunatic"
 

1. No one, unless he be a lunatic, would do that.
2. No one, unless he should be a lunatic, would do that.
3. No one, unless he is a lunatic, would do that.
4. No one, unless he were a lunatic, would do that.
Which of the above sentences is NOT acceptable?
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unless he be a lunatic #2 (permalink) Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:57 am   unless he be a lunatic
 

What about "No one except a lunatic, would do that" ?
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unless he be a lunatic #3 (permalink) Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:41 am   unless he be a lunatic
 

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Of your 4 sentences, only #3 does not present a hypothetical lunatic.
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unless he be a lunatic #4 (permalink) Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:43 am   unless he be a lunatic
 

Mister Micawber wrote:
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Of your 4 sentences, only #3 does not present a hypothetical lunatic.
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Did you mean that only #3 is not acceptable?
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unless he be a lunatic #5 (permalink) Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:10 am   unless he be a lunatic
 

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#3 is quite common, but if this is a test question, then it is the unacceptable one. Strict grammar asks for the hypothetical here because of the 'would do' conditional.
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Expression "unless he be a lunatic" #6 (permalink) Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:22 am   Expression "unless he be a lunatic"
 

Hi MM,
could you please be a bit more detail about your explaination?

1/ Can 'unless' be used with the same structures as IF (3 types)?
2/ Except #4, I find the other three sentences a bit strange... could you explain the difference among them?
3/ What's the difference between the version 'No one, unless he were a lunatic, would do that' and the version 'No one, unless he is a lunatic, do that'?

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