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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
"Unless you start exercising and eating better, you won't lose weight."
What is your physical condition now?

You shouldn't have agreed to help her _____________________.

You can drive me home after the party as long as _________________.

'Unless...' means the same as 'if...'.

"Unless somebody takes responsibility for this mess, the whole class will stay after school and clean the entire floor."
If nobody speaks, who will clean the floor?

______________ eat your meat, you can't have any pudding.

North Korea often threatens to blow up the US _______ they receive food aid.

If you study hard, you will pass the course; unless the teacher ________ you.

Unless you're kind to people, people _______________.

I'll use EngVid, _____________ it stays free.


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310 Comments on “English Grammar – UNLESS & IF NOT – negative conditional”


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hi, adam! thank you very much for this lesson!
i have a question: Wy in the quis in the sentense IF YOU STUDY HARD, YOU WILL PASS THE COURSE; UNLESS THE TEACHER “DOESNT lIKE” YOU . it is not a positive verb!

Friday, April 26th 2013

    unless + a negative construction

    Unless means, approximately, “if not”, so to change if to unless, you need to negate the rest of the subordinate clause. Unless can be followed by a negative verb if it replaces if with a positive clause:

    My uncle can help us if he gets off work soon enough.

    NOW LOOK:

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he doesn’t get off work soon enough.

    But the negative of a negative is a positive:

    My uncle can help us if he doesn’t have to stay late at work.

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he has to stay late at work.

    Best regard from Brazil.

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

      In my idea, it would be better understood if we think of “unless” expresses somehow the meaning of “except”

      My uncle can help us “except” he doesn’t get off work soon enough.

      Sunday, April 28th 2013

        But that’s exactly that, honey!

        Good.

        Tuesday, April 30th 2013

        Hi Masoud,

        You make a good point. The only problem is that you still need to express the condition (if). So in this case:

        My uncle can help us except IF he doesn’t get off work soon enough.

        Though except if is better stated unless

        Good job

        Friday, May 3rd 2013

          difficult

          Tuesday, September 10th 2013

          Could we practicing English together, my skype is Akchor3

          Saturday, December 7th 2013

        masoud you mean unless here means except it does not convey the meaning of the if not?is it different here?

        Sunday, August 11th 2013

    In my opinion, this sentence is: IF YOU STUDY HARD, YOU WILL PASS THE COURSE; UNLESS, THE TEACHER “DOESNT lIKE” YOU. The base question miss “,” following the word “unless” and changed the meaning of the question. :)

    Sunday, April 28th 2013

    In this case “unless” is not the same with “if not”. Here “unless” introduce an afterthought and can be replace by “except if”, so that it isn’t a double negation.I am not sure, I just think so.

    Friday, May 3rd 2013

      Yes, you’re right

      Thursday, May 9th 2013

    Yes, I’ve got the same question!!

    Friday, May 3rd 2013

Thinks for the great lesson

Friday, April 26th 2013

in question number 8 why doesn’t like is right? we are using two negations at the same time!!

Friday, April 26th 2013

    I agree with you ! I was watching this video it is very useful but I was confused with Q8, I think there’s an error

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

      hello. I think so

      Tuesday, April 30th 2013

    unless + a negative construction

    Unless means, approximately, “if not”, so to change if to unless, you need to negate the rest of the subordinate clause. Unless can be followed by a negative verb if it replaces if with a positive clause:

    My uncle can help us if he gets off work soon enough.

    NOW LOOK:

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he doesn’t get off work soon enough.

    But the negative of a negative is a positive:

    My uncle can help us if he doesn’t have to stay late at work.

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he has to stay late at work.

    Best regard from Brazil.

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

      what u are saying sounds right, the rule of the double negation doesn’t seem to be correct in this case!!

      Saturday, April 27th 2013

        It does make sense, just read it very very closely.

        Saturday, April 27th 2013

Tanks Adam Very useful lesson.

by the way I think there is a wrong with Q8???!!!

Friday, April 26th 2013

    unless + a negative construction

    Unless means, approximately, “if not”, so to change if to unless, you need to negate the rest of the subordinate clause. Unless can be followed by a negative verb if it replaces if with a positive clause:

    My uncle can help us if he gets off work soon enough.

    NOW LOOK:

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he doesn’t get off work soon enough.

    But the negative of a negative is a positive:

    My uncle can help us if he doesn’t have to stay late at work.

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he has to stay late at work.

    Best regard from Brazil.

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

Thank you, Adam! This lesson is terrific, eventually I understood how this structure works! But I also believe that the question 8 was set incorrectly.

Friday, April 26th 2013

    Agreed with you ! :D

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

    unless + a negative construction

    Unless means, approximately, “if not”, so to change if to unless, you need to negate the rest of the subordinate clause. Unless can be followed by a negative verb if it replaces if with a positive clause:

    My uncle can help us if he gets off work soon enough.

    NOW LOOK:

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he doesn’t get off work soon enough.

    But the negative of a negative is a positive:

    My uncle can help us if he doesn’t have to stay late at work.

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he has to stay late at work.

    Best regard from Brazil.

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

    I got a mistake in the question 8((( unless can’t double negative!!!

    Monday, January 13th 2014

can you explain the question number 8??

Friday, April 26th 2013

    unless + a negative construction

    Unless means, approximately, “if not”, so to change if to unless, you need to negate the rest of the subordinate clause. Unless can be followed by a negative verb if it replaces if with a positive clause:

    My uncle can help us if he gets off work soon enough.

    NOW LOOK:

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he doesn’t get off work soon enough.

    But the negative of a negative is a positive:

    My uncle can help us if he doesn’t have to stay late at work.

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he has to stay late at work.

    Best regard from Brazil.

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

thanks I needed today

Friday, April 26th 2013

Thank you so much ..can you give more about writing easy .

Friday, April 26th 2013

Hi Adam,
Many thanks for this interesting lesson.
The answer of Q8 is logical, but it is in contradiction with the lesson content ( do not use the negative form with unless…).
Thanks again.

Friday, April 26th 2013

Thanks dear Adam. It was useful as usual.

Friday, April 26th 2013

thank you for all this interesting lessons

Friday, April 26th 2013

thank you .. so useful for me

Friday, April 26th 2013

Thanks!!

Friday, April 26th 2013

Hi.Adam, the question.number 8, you said we cannot use negative with unless, so it would be: If you study hard, you will pass the course unless the teacher likes you.

Friday, April 26th 2013

    unless the teacher hate you

    Thursday, November 27th 2014

Thants, Adam.
I’ve got 9.ㅠㅠ
however,I think number 8 is wrong,
isn’t it?

Friday, April 26th 2013

    No dear, it’s not.

    I Got 10 out of 10, completely correct.

    Friday, April 26th 2013

      I really think there’s an error with number 8, how do you explain about what the class says when “unless” is a negative word and we can’t use double negatives? Could you please explain it to me? so I can understand or all the students here :) Thank you

      Saturday, April 27th 2013

        Mmm, Ok, I’ll try to get my idea across!

        First of all, let’s figure the sentence out:

        (If you study hard you will pass the course; unless the teacher DOES NOT like you.)

        Note: we have (there are) three clauses here, they are:

        #1.: If you study hard
        #2.: You will pass the course;
        #3.: Unless the Teacher doesn’t like you.

        The third clause is just an additional information (a complement), it means that you can perfectly understand the sentence without having the third one!

        Look: You will pass the course, if you study hard*

        * it’s important to notice that if the if-clause comes after the main clause you must add a comma (,) before the if-clause!

        Now look this:

        If you study hard you will pass the course; unless the teacher doesn’t like you!**

        ** there is a semi-colon indicating that the next sentence is kind of an additional sentence.

        Now read whole sentence quite closely! Have you already read? I’ll explain it to you…

        … The second clause (you will pass the course) is a positive sentence (it says: YOU WILL and not YOU WON’T) and the third clause is negative, actually, it’s a hypothetical negation, (it says: unless the teacher does not like you), it means that if your teacher does not like you there might be a risk of not passing the course, but if he does, you will certainly pass the course!!!

        Now notice (over again, kkk)

        You will pass the course; unless the teacher likes you!***

        *** now it DOES really sounds awkward, it means that even if the teacher likes you, you won’t pass the course. so you might be a boring student, kkk

        Hope it helps, kisses from Brazil dear.

        Saturday, April 27th 2013

          As my Scottish mate said you can use it in common speech but you hardly ever will hear it from a person from the UK, Ireland who will use it as well as in the books.
          If you study hard you will pass the course; (if not) the teacher DOES NOT like you.
          double negative baby, paraphrase it

          Saturday, April 27th 2013

          Read it quite closely, babe.

          unless + a negative construction

          Unless means, approximately, “if not”, so to change if to unless, you need to negate the rest of the subordinate clause. Unless can be followed by a negative verb if it replaces if with a positive clause:

          My uncle can help us if he gets off work soon enough.

          NOW LOOK:

          = My uncle can help us UNLESS he doesn’t get off work soon enough.

          But the negative of a negative is a positive:

          My uncle can help us if he doesn’t have to stay late at work.

          = My uncle can help us UNLESS he has to stay late at work.

          Best regard from Brazil.

          Saturday, April 27th 2013

          trust me I HAVE READ IT!!!. Now, just read my comment before write something. The MAIN IDEA is you CAN use it BUT It seems ODD and hard to read because normally we try to avoid double negative.
          P.S. people see that you reposted from forum don’t copy it for all of us people don’t blind at all!!

          Saturday, April 27th 2013

          Glad that you made it!

          Big kiss

          Saturday, April 27th 2013

          Oh yeap, true that! Double negative is not often used in English. Only Adam used it.

          Thanks anyway for the tip.

          Saturday, April 27th 2013

          I think Adam must decide who is right. And maybe he will give us tips. In any case, we shan’t decide for him.

          Saturday, April 27th 2013

          Yes, let’s wait out then. Hey how’s Russia like? I’d do live getting to know RUSSIA. *-*

          Saturday, April 27th 2013

          Love* getting to

          Saturday, April 27th 2013

          Well, it depends upon where you are living. For example in Moscow and Saint Petersburg the things go fine. But try to go in other cities and you will see how all is not fine.(((
          About the weather, it also depends upon where you are living because Mother Russia is big. And we have all from a place where you cannot see anything but sand and hot sun, and vice versa place where only the cold all year round.

          Saturday, April 27th 2013

          That sounds not to bad! You know, June ever wanted to go to Russia, I’m afraid of going though! You know what I see in movies does not make me feel happy, I know that’s only movie though!!

          Well, I’m from Brazil the weather is always pretty good, people are usually nice, so are sportslike, that’s my Brazil.

          But I’m sure I will one day be in Russia for sure..

          Saturday, April 27th 2013

          yes, totally ODD and hard to read, so I don’t buy her idea, if would have been nice if she explains with her own ideas the Q8 instead of copying and pasting other examples, explain number 8, that’s all I want to know, kisses Brazilian girl.

          Monday, April 29th 2013

          The second explanation was copied, but the first one I did myself.

          THIS IS WHAT I DID MYSELF!!!

          if you don’t mind reading, please, do it, but if you do I don’t give a Shit!

          Mmm, Ok, I’ll try to get my idea across!
          First of all, let’s figure the sentence out:
          (If you study hard you will pass the course; unless the teacher DOES NOT like you.)
          Note: we have (there are) three clauses here, they are:
          #1.: If you study hard
          #2.: You will pass the course;
          #3.: Unless the Teacher doesn’t like you.
          The third clause is just an additional information (a complement), it means that you can perfectly understand the sentence without having the third one!
          Look: You will pass the course, if you study hard*
          * it’s important to notice that if the if-clause comes after the main clause you must add a comma (,) before the if-clause!
          Now look this:
          If you study hard you will pass the course; unless the teacher doesn’t like you!**
          ** there is a semi-colon indicating that the next sentence is kind of an additional sentence.
          Now read whole sentence quite closely! Have you already read? I’ll explain it to you…
          … The second clause (you will pass the course) is a positive sentence (it says: YOU WILL and not YOU WON’T) and the third clause is negative, actually, it’s a hypothetical negation, (it says: unless the teacher does not like you), it means that if your teacher does not like you there might be a risk of not passing the course, but if he does, you will certainly pass the course!!!
          Now notice (over again, kkk)
          You will pass the course; unless the teacher likes you!***
          *** now it DOES really sounds awkward, it means that even if the teacher likes you, you won’t pass the course. so you might be a boring student, kkk
          Hope it helps, kisses from Brazil dear.

          Tuesday, April 30th 2013

          thanks for great explanation.

          Wednesday, August 6th 2014

          Good point. Look at my longer answer below

          Thursday, May 9th 2013

          Thank you very much for the information and the time you took in order to explain it to me, but honey I still believe it doesn’t make sense at all, I’m sorry, I know you wanted to help, but it’s ok :) let’s call it different ways of thinking, you are right and I’m right so let’s live our lives, have a good one :)

          Monday, April 29th 2013

          Dude, what she (the brazilian girl, I mean) said makes sense, but I am wondering why did Adam teach us poor grammar?

          Monday, April 29th 2013

          In that case where’s Adam? Because he hasn’t shown up to give us an explanation, he should have left any note or something in regards to the Q8. Best regards :-) bye bye

          Monday, April 29th 2013

          Thanks for figuring my point out, Poslegg!

          But I’m not a girl, rs, but please do not mind at all!

          Tuesday, April 30th 2013

          Thank you if I need to read I’ll go here

          http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2416252&langid=24

          Monday, April 29th 2013

          I did not copy that whole explanation! Can’t you see I did it totally on my own? And I’m not a girl, I’m a man, thanks!

          Monday, April 29th 2013

          Hi Thalinho,

          Very good explanation. I’ll add a bit more in my comments below.

          Thank you. :)

          Friday, May 3rd 2013

          Thanks teacher, I knew I was teacher!

          Friday, May 3rd 2013

          I knew I was right*

          Friday, May 3rd 2013

          I tried to get to the bottom of the sentence, but I could not, then I have just read your annotated comment and finally get it clearly! Thanks so much! (Thanks Adam for the lesson too.)

          Saturday, November 2nd 2013

    Totally agree with you classmate ! :D ufff I’m glad I was not the only one, so we are totally right ! :D as long as we understood the class, we will succeed !

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

      Unfortunately you should study harder, so that you can better get ideas across!

      But I’m here in case you need.

      Kisses from Brazil.

      Saturday, April 27th 2013

        That’s a good advice thank you honey, same to you, if I need help I’ll ask to any qualified teacher :) Thank you.

        Monday, April 29th 2013

          Anytime, sweetie =)

          Tuesday, April 30th 2013

This lesson helped me a lot…there are still confusions but practice makes perfect…i will not tired of reviewing your video again and again. thank you.

Friday, April 26th 2013

Hello Teacher,

I’m really glad to have a marvelous teacher as you are! I DO really find your lessons pretty helpful! And I’d be gladder if you could, please, explain how to use ”no sooner…than”

Thanks teacher.

Friday, April 26th 2013

    It basically means as soon as, that is, right away.

    No sooner than the sun arose, the birds started whistling.

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

      Oops,

      No sooner had the sun arose (arisen), than the birds started whistling.

      Thursday, May 9th 2013

I got 10 yeah!

Friday, April 26th 2013

Hello teacher Adam, could you please explain to all of us about the word “unless in the Q8 ? I’d really appreciate it, have a nice day in advance.

Saturday, April 27th 2013

    unless + a negative construction

    Unless means, approximately, “if not”, so to change if to unless, you need to negate the rest of the subordinate clause. Unless can be followed by a negative verb if it replaces if with a positive clause:

    My uncle can help us if he gets off work soon enough.

    NOW LOOK:

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he doesn’t get off work soon enough.

    But the negative of a negative is a positive:

    My uncle can help us if he doesn’t have to stay late at work.

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he has to stay late at work.

    Best regard from Brazil.

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

      thank you, but this example cannot be compared with the question number 8, could you explain to me the Q8? instead of bringing other examples here? for example how do you explain that

      “if you study hard you’ll pass the test unless the teacher likes you”

      it means that you don’t need to study hard just because since the teacher likes you he’s gonna pass you… So ? Best regards to Brazil.

      Monday, April 29th 2013

        But here the correct answer is:

        if you study hard you will pass the course; unless the teacher doesn’t like you!

        It means: if the teacher doesn’t like you you won’t pass the course; even if you study hard!*

        *Why? Because the teacher does not like you! (of course it’s a hypothetical situation because that’s but sure he doesn’t like you, indeed)

        Thanks for kissing, likewise.

        Tuesday, April 30th 2013

        Another note: Be compared to* (always) and not be compared ‘with’

        Please, Do not take it personal.

        Tuesday, April 30th 2013

As Long as and unless, are they exactly thể same,and interchangeable?

Saturday, April 27th 2013

    I wouldn’t say like that mate, because “Unless” means “if not” as opposed to “As long as” which means “during the time”,”since”, and “on the condition that”.
    See the following examples:
    “I’ll stay as long as you need me.” – means while you need me
    “As long as you’ve offered, I accept.” – means since you have offered
    “I will cooperate as long as I am notified on time.” – the main idea is on the condition that.

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

      By the way, about Q8 I agree, it looks not right.

      Saturday, April 27th 2013

        In order to be more simple:
        Unless means IF NOT
        As long as means IF

        Saturday, April 27th 2013

          I can’t understand that girl, she wants us to believe her idea :/ if she’s right good for her ! if we are good for us ! who cares !! just live your life LOL hahah

          Monday, April 29th 2013

        Absolutely it is not right, we are all human beings and even teachers make mistakes :D

        Monday, April 29th 2013

    Hi Cuoung ta,

    Poslegg is correct. They can both be used in conditionals, but as long as in this case is interchangeable with if. It does have other uses so you need to be careful with it.

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

hi Adam thanks for this lesson. i can’t use “unless”. but i prefer “if not”.

Saturday, April 27th 2013

Thank you Adam. Unless I use EngVid, I can not improve my English.

Saturday, April 27th 2013

Thank alot Adem
Appreciate you this .

Saturday, April 27th 2013

thanks Adam

Saturday, April 27th 2013

Why should this be “doesn’t like you” in the quiz? It was used with unless which doesn’t need a negative though…

Saturday, April 27th 2013

    unless + a negative construction

    Unless means, approximately, “if not”, so to change if to unless, you need to negate the rest of the subordinate clause. Unless can be followed by a negative verb if it replaces if with a positive clause:

    My uncle can help us if he gets off work soon enough.

    NOW LOOK:

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he doesn’t get off work soon enough.

    But the negative of a negative is a positive:

    My uncle can help us if he doesn’t have to stay late at work.

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he has to stay late at work.

    Best regard from Brazil.

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

Hi Adam,
Thanks for this lesson. I got 90% and missed to answer question number-8 which took me maximum time to answer among all questions and unfortunately I had chosen the wrong answer. Could you explain it to me little further why should we use could not instead of could in context of that question?

Saturday, April 27th 2013

    unless + a negative construction

    Unless means, approximately, “if not”, so to change if to unless, you need to negate the rest of the subordinate clause. Unless can be followed by a negative verb if it replaces if with a positive clause:

    My uncle can help us if he gets off work soon enough.

    NOW LOOK:

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he doesn’t get off work soon enough.

    But the negative of a negative is a positive:

    My uncle can help us if he doesn’t have to stay late at work.

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he has to stay late at work.

    Best regard from Brazil.

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

      Hi Thalinho,
      One question about your comments for the Q8:
      if I say : unless you don’t smoke, you won’t feel better… is it right??

      Wednesday, May 29th 2013

If you study hard, you will pass the course; unless the teacher ________ you.
likes
doesn’t like there is Negative how come
your adivce Appreciate . many thanks

Saturday, April 27th 2013

I was listening to Jason Derulo’s new song but I didn’t understand a few words.Maybe you can explain me.
(When we were chillin)
(Til you were eating off my spoon)
(And coming over)
(We’re going all the way)
(If we walk down this road)
(Let your love crash into me)
Thanks

Saturday, April 27th 2013

    Hi Henrique,

    (When we were chillin-hanging out
    (Til you were eating off my spoon-we were comfortable)
    (And coming over)
    (We’re going all the way-having sex)
    (If we walk down this road)
    (Let your love crash into me)

    These “could’ be the interpretations, but then, who knows? :)

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

This is first that I obtain 50% in my score, it is mean tha I must study hard to improve my knowlege.. THanks Adam…

Saturday, April 27th 2013

Hello Adam,
Thanks for your great lesson. You have cleared many of my doubts. it will be useful for everyone those who wish to speak very well… Thanks..Thanks

Saturday, April 27th 2013

Dear Mr. Adam !
Thank you for your marvelous video of today.
Would you be able to recommend a Dictionary that provide : syllables accented and ponnciations of letters.
Thank you in advance.

Saturday, April 27th 2013

    Hi Aateffaeq7<

    For British English, Oxford is a good bet (oxforddictionaries.com).
    For American, Meriam-webster's (m-w.com)

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

      Hallo, Dear Mr. Adam!
      Thank you again for your interest/attention/regard/heed/solicitude/
      studiousness.
      Sincerely
      Atef

      Thursday, May 16th 2013

        :) nice

        Tuesday, May 21st 2013

thank you very much for this lesson!

Saturday, April 27th 2013

Thank you , nice and useful lesson :)

Saturday, April 27th 2013

Dear Sir, pls let me know why doesn’t use LIKES here??? unless negative also doesn’t like negative…u explained do not use two negatives so how can i use DOES NOT LIKE??

If you study hard, you will pass the course; unless the teacher _LIKES_______ you.

Saturday, April 27th 2013

    unless + a negative construction

    Unless means, approximately, “if not”, so to change if to unless, you need to negate the rest of the subordinate clause. Unless can be followed by a negative verb if it replaces if with a positive clause:

    My uncle can help us if he gets off work soon enough.

    NOW LOOK:

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he doesn’t get off work soon enough.

    But the negative of a negative is a positive:

    My uncle can help us if he doesn’t have to stay late at work.

    = My uncle can help us UNLESS he has to stay late at work.

    Best regard from Brazil.

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

i got confused with number 8 … double negative?

Saturday, April 27th 2013

I’m in US less one year & need real these gremmar.Thanks.

Saturday, April 27th 2013

I’m in US less one year & need real these grammar.Thanks.

Saturday, April 27th 2013

thanks for this exertion

Saturday, April 27th 2013

how to use “as far as” and “sooner and later” plz help me Mrs Adams

Saturday, April 27th 2013

    Hi Sami,

    As far as can be used to compare distance. It can also mean to the extent that…

    As far as I know, winters in most countries are cold. (I don’t know, but experience allows me to make this guess)

    Sooner or later means inevitable.

    Hope that helps

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

So, Can I use “unless” with a negative if I don’t use it in a conditional clause?

Saturday, April 27th 2013

    Hi Hectcap,

    Yes, if it’s clear that you are taking as an exception a negative ‘circumstance’.

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

Hello Alan, thank you for your videos. You are killing it. How about this sentence: IF YOU STUDY HARD, YOU WILL PASS THE COURSE; UNLESS THE TEACHER dislikes YOU .

Saturday, April 27th 2013

    well said Jose :)

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

Thanx

Sunday, April 28th 2013

Thank you Alan

Sunday, April 28th 2013

    Alan!?!!!
    ;)

    Monday, April 29th 2013

      You are right Fatima Adam :-D

      Tuesday, April 30th 2013

        :)

        Thursday, May 9th 2013

Adam thanks a lot for interesting lesson! And thanks all guys for enlightening discussion about Q8! I also made the mistake )

Sunday, April 28th 2013

Where is Adam? People were so confusing right here!!

Sunday, April 28th 2013

If unless can’t be used + negative, why is p8. incorrect?

8. If you study hard, you will pass the course; unless the teacher ________ you.
likes
doesn’t like

I have chosen LIKES.

Sunday, April 28th 2013

I got 10! Very nice, because actually, it’s not an easy lesson…

Sunday, April 28th 2013

I´ve come back.

Sunday, April 28th 2013

Good, i´ll try again.

Sunday, April 28th 2013

Hi,Adam.It was a marvelous lesson,man;By the way,keep going with your lessons,because the Brazilians like them a lot.

Sunday, April 28th 2013

70, could be better. :)

#3 I made an obvious mistake, so look at the others.
#6 — I don’t get the meaning of the sentence. What meat and pudding have to do with each other? xD
#9 — I knew that probably all 3 would match, but what actually “mean” means in this sentence?

“Unless you’re kind to people, people will be mean to you.” — I looked up into a dictionary, and “mean” could be in an adjective form, and there are also 11 meanings, and I think the above sentence could be rewritten to: “If you’re not kind to people, people will be unkind to you.” — right?

I don’t know why, but sometimes I know how to use “unless”, and sometimes it sounds strange. For example in #8 — “If you study hard, you will pass the course; unless the teacher doesn’t like you.” — and this is pretty understandable to me, but, for example, in #1 I don’t know why this look strange to me. Maybe people prefer “if + not” instead of “unless” in this kind of sentences and that’s why I don’t hear it very often, I don’t know. :)

Sunday, April 28th 2013

    I’ve read all comments, and I think I understand what other people can’t and vice versa. That’s weird. xD

    Sunday, April 28th 2013

      It happens :)

      Thursday, May 9th 2013

    I’m glad you got the idea, morfik!

    Good luck to your syudy!

    Tuesday, April 30th 2013

    LOL sorry, #6 is Pink Floyd lyrics. You can’t have dessert unless you finish your dinner.
    You’re right about #9, but people use mean more than unkind. English is a very nuanced language- when you want a harsh word it’s there. When you want a softer one, it’s there too, or you soften another. Like doesn’t like and dislike.
    You’re also right- people prefer ‘if not’ because it causes less confusion.

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

No, I’m not believing what she’s saying all she says confuses me :'( I know I’m right and if she’s happy believing that it’s wonderful, but please don’t confuse others, by copying and pasting that’s not gonna solve anything or doing spam to all comments here, so that attitude is not like she’d like to help, she just wants to make others believe what she believes, I am fine because I know I’m right, so I’m not accepting an idea which confuses me a lot and doesn’t have any sense to AT ALL, it is just a simple question, there is no need to be doing spam, ..but thanks for your help and kisses to Brazil. Good Luck with your English. Best regards.

Monday, April 29th 2013

    it doesn’t make any sense AT ALL. the examples have nothing to do with the Q8, it can’t be compared, it’s irrelevant. Best regards to you :)

    Monday, April 29th 2013

    Hey, I just tried to help, I said so because I know that’s right, but you don’t need to believe anyway!

    Look the verb ‘believe’ is a stative verb, it means that you cannot use it in -ing form (believing) as you mentioned before…

    so you had to say: I don’t/can’t believe what said…

    Tuesday, April 30th 2013

      Actually that is not correct, because “I’m not believing” is another way to refer the future like ” I’m not going to believe you” did you learn that? You should know it. And in regards to compared yep you’re right :) thanks for reminding me. Kiss sweetie and have a great one.

      Tuesday, April 30th 2013

can you explain question no. 06

Monday, April 29th 2013

    You must eat the meat or I don’t give you any pudding.

    Friday, May 3rd 2013

    Hi Khanzuhhaib,

    Sorry about that. It’s a line from a famous song. It means you can’t have dessert if you don’t finish your dinner.

    Hope that helps :)

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

i can’t understand question no. 05??

Monday, April 29th 2013

    If none of them assume the responsibility for the mess, all the students will be punish to clean the floor.

    Friday, May 3rd 2013

    Arinamg is right. If noone speaks, they will all be punished.

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

Hi Adam. Truly a good lesson !

Monday, April 29th 2013

Adam!!!! Thank you so much for your help. i’m very glad to learn this clip. ^-^

Monday, April 29th 2013

TEACHER, could uou please explain us the question 8? Most of us are confusing about.

Thank you!

Monday, April 29th 2013

    Confused* about!

    Wednesday, May 1st 2013

    THANK you …you read my mind

    Friday, June 7th 2013

Hi all!
I believe that question no.8 should be like this:
‘If you study hard, you will pass the course; unless the teacher LIKES you’. Because ‘unless’ means ‘if not’ the sentence can be translated as follows: ‘if the teacher DOES NOT like you’.

Monday, April 29th 2013

    that’s so true!!!

    Monday, April 29th 2013

Thank you so much.

Monday, April 29th 2013

We have a lot of questions, but where is Adam?

Monday, April 29th 2013

Hi Adams ! Great lesson. You’re a brilliant teacher. By the way,I think you should have had more participacion this time, unless you’re ill. Hope you’re well ! See you soon !

Monday, April 29th 2013

#8 was a trick question, wasn’t it?:)

Tuesday, April 30th 2013

pretty stimulating lesson .
I`ve a few queries
1- Can I used “will” or “shall” after unless
for instance :
He will not be free, unless he will convince the court that he is innocent .
2- Can I used “unless” in lieu of “or else”
for instance :
with “or else ” -you`d would better go, or else you`ll miss the train
with “unless” – you`d better go, unless you miss the train, or will miss .

Tuesday, April 30th 2013

    Hi Hisham,

    In a conditional, only the result clause can take the ‘will’ verb. The if/unless clause must remain in the present tense.

    Also, unless and or else are completely different and can’t be interchanged.

    you`d better go, or else you`ll miss the train.

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

Hey Guys im the newer one on here!

Tuesday, April 30th 2013

Lady and Gentlemen, we are at war)), where is Adam??

Wednesday, May 1st 2013

    **Ladies and Gentlemen

    Wednesday, May 1st 2013

    a little battle is good for the brain :)

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

hi adam, very clear lesson, as usual.
i love this web site!

Wednesday, May 1st 2013

“You got 10 correct out of 10.” great!
I see a lot of Brazilians here. It’s nice. I like Portuguese too.

Thursday, May 2nd 2013

hi, thanks adam for this lesson, it’s very useful!!
concerning question 8 , I think unless means ‘except’, doesn’t it?!

Thursday, May 2nd 2013

It was quite difficult quiz , anyway thank you :)

Thursday, May 2nd 2013

Hi Adam, Like everybody here I’m confuse with the 8 question, please explain us. I understand the point of thalinho but you said that you don’t use double negatives!!! Unless you explain us our concern, we can’t understand the lesson very well(is that correct?)

Thursday, May 2nd 2013

Konzol

– – is +

Thursday, May 2nd 2013

Dear Adam,
Hope everything’s been going well with u;

Let me know the difference btw Which n In which?!
Many thanks,
:P Wish u luck!

Friday, May 3rd 2013

    Hi Fatima,

    Which can be used as a subject in the relative clause.

    Moby Dick, which is a great novel, was made into a movie.

    In which can only be used as an object.

    The hospital in which I was born no longer exists.
    (the hospital I was born in )…

    Hope that helps. :)

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

      Nice of u!
      …so,in the 2nd 1,can’t we say “The hospital WHICH (instead of in which) I was born…” ??!!

      Sooo tnx,
      :) fatiima!

      Thursday, May 9th 2013

        well, you could say The hospital where I was born…
        or the Hospital that i was born in…

        Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Thank you so much, it’s very useful video.
I’m getting understand the 8th question, but I need a hand for the second. I think, this is an unreal past. I was taught about that: if+past perfect and would have+past participle.
“You shouldn’t have agreed to help her” if you hadn’t wanted to. (in my opinion)
If it was a mix-conditional (3/2), than it wouldn’t be better understandable (for me).
Thanks in advance.

Friday, May 3rd 2013

    Hi Jooop,

    Good question. Both are correct, and you are right, it is a mixed conditional:

    1)If you hadn’t wanted to help her…
    2)If you didn’t want to help her…

    These have different meanings:

    1- you already helped her, but didn’t want to
    2- you haven’t helped yet, but don’t want to.

    Both deal with an unreal situation, but 1 is a past unreal, unreal because you can’t change the past. 2 is unreal because it is hypothetical.

    1- helped but didn’t want to
    2- don’t want to help, but you should because you (had) agreed to

    Does that help?

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

hi, what about this question:
I can’t understand why he’s late, ________ he didn’t get our message.

I have 3 options: 1 unless 2 providing 3 as long as
Unless it’s the correct one… could tell me why? Thanks a lot

Friday, May 3rd 2013

    Hi Pippo,

    Here unless means that you are suggesting a possible reason. If he didn’t get our message, then I understand why he’s late. here unless is almost similar to maybe.

    hope that helps

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

Hi everyone,
I’ve read over the comments and I understand the main problem here.
First, I have to apologize for the confusion. I have taken the language for granted a little and been too casual.
What I mean is that instead of saying “doesn't like” you, I should have said “dislikes” you. This would be a positive verb and would have worked completely well. People don’t use dislike as often as doesn’t (don’t) like because it sounds too harsh, even though that’s what they usually mean.
Let’s look at the sentence in Q8:
If you study hard, you will pass; unless the teacher doesn’t like you.
First thing we must notice is that the unless clause comes after a semicolon (;). This semicolon breaks up the sentence so that the last part is not part of the conditional anymore — it is an afterthought, something that we add after the result clause is understood and that is an exception to that.
What I mean is:
If you study hard, you will pass.
Study hard = pass
The exception to this is if the teacher dislikes you. In that case, even if you study hard, you will not pass because the teacher dislikes like you. So in this case, unless is an exception, not a conditional.
If you study hard, you will pass. “You will pass” DEPENDS on the condition of studying.
But, in this sentence we have the result (you will pass) and an exception, that is a situation in which you won’t pass.
Here is another example:
1. If he arrives to the meeting late, he’ll be fired.
2. Unless he arrives on time, he’ll be fired. (if he doesn’t arrive on time…)
3. Unless he doesn’t arrive late, he’ll be fired.
Now, going back to what I said about doesn’t like and dislikes — In the above examples, people may say #3, but it is not good English, especially if you have a good alternative like #2. #3 will make people have to think about the meaning and get rid of the double negative to make the meaning clear.
With doesn’t like and dislikes, people mix these up regularly.
Here are Thalinho’s sentences:
4. My uncle can help us UNLESS he doesn’t get off work soon enough.
5. My uncle can help us if he doesn’t have to stay late at work.
6. My uncle can help us UNLESS he has to stay late at work.
5 and 6 are good. 4 might be said, but it would be poor English, even as an exception:
My uncle can help us; unless he doesn’t get off work soon enough. (but even here, I would go with the positive form — unless he has to stay late).
With exceptions, you must remember that what comes in the clause that doesn’t have the ‘unless’ is a truth, not a result.
I hope this helps make Q8 more clear. But just in case, I will try to make quizzes more straightforward in the future. (That being said, however, you should keep in mind that these kinds of sentences are common in speech and you may have to navigate around them sometimes.)

Also, I’ll get to the other questions shortly.

Friday, May 3rd 2013

    Thanks for supporting my explanation, teacher. Even though many people didn’t trust me I know I was right… Thanks to you!

    Haha =)

    Friday, May 3rd 2013

    Profound explanations. Thank you very much, Adam!

    Friday, March 20th 2015

Thank you for your explanation Adam. It was a confusing case

Saturday, May 4th 2013

Thank you Adam!

Saturday, May 4th 2013

Great lesson Adam! :)
Really useful and clear…

Saturday, May 4th 2013

Thank you Adam
You are the best

Sunday, May 5th 2013

thank you

Monday, May 6th 2013

Thank you

Tuesday, May 7th 2013

Thank you Adam. GOD BLESS YOU.

I need some teacher advice please, (I’m in year6 (England school) and I’m doing my SATS (very important assessment) next week. Please give me advice towards how I can finish the reading comprehension on time and not make silly mistakes. I really aim to get a 5a :) Thanks.

Tuesday, May 7th 2013

    Hi Houdah,

    A lot to say in answer to this. Quick advice:

    1- prioritize the questions into an order from least amount of reading to most.

    2- do all the vocab questions first.

    3- read the questions before you read the passage. Then go look for the answer where it “should” be.

    4- scan the passage to know what the general idea is (this will make number 3 easier)

    Sorry I can’t say more, but I hope this helps.

    Good luck.

    Thursday, May 9th 2013

      Thank you very much. God Bless You.

      Sunday, May 12th 2013

      Thank you very much. God Bless You.

      Sunday, May 12th 2013

      come on Adam ..Houdah is asking an important question… i -too- face the same difficulty… could you please prepare a lesson for us.. you are our good teacher..in the TOEFL and in the IELTS there are several reading passages which are complicated and out of our interests.. how can we manage the situation !! we want to pass , Adam.

      Friday, June 7th 2013

        I’ll try to do a few test lessons for reading :)

        Monday, June 10th 2013

WOW! That a response. Sorry again for the confusion. I am glad though to see people getting involved like this. I will just ask that everyone tries to be a little patient and considerate here. We are all here to do the same thing- learn. Let’s help each other.

Thursday, May 9th 2013

Thanks Adam. You’ve solved my confused grammar point. This video is very useful and good.

Thursday, May 9th 2013

Thank you!!!

Could you explain difference to say `won’t` and `want`, please ?

Thanks!!

Friday, May 10th 2013

Hello Adam,you’re nice.

I need your help, is this sentence right?
“I’m not supposed to fail if I study hard”

Thanks a lot!

Sunday, May 12th 2013

Thanks Adam

Sunday, May 12th 2013

thx Adam

Friday, May 17th 2013

Thank you.

Friday, May 24th 2013

Adam, you are so great. Thanks for doing all these. I have a GRE exam and start getting nervous about VOCAB. I have perseverance in learning English but I can’t make miracle happen and put all English words in my brain. Do you have any suggestions for me?

Monday, May 27th 2013

    Hi Samira… believe me you teach English well…you taught me (raw deal) do you remember?

    Friday, June 7th 2013

Dear Adam:

I enjoyed watching your lesson whereas, as you have already been told, Q8 is significantly tricky.

Although it is possible to begin a negative clause with “unless”, you say that you do not like double negatives. As a matter of fact, on certain occasions they are incorrect. For instance, you can say either “I have no money” or “I don’t have any money”; by no means can you say “I don’t have no money”. Therefore, I am afraid that the average person is likely to get confused when answering Q8, although in this particular case “unless” and “doesn’t like” can perfectly be used together.

Besides, the complex sentence “If you study hard, you will pass the course” is already connected to the sentence “unless the teacher doesn’t like you” by a semi-colon (;). In general, “unless” is also a connector, in spite of the fact that it might be fair to say that it is not in this particular case. You might even want to tell me that in this case “unless” is like “today” in a sentence like “Today I am very tired”. In other words, the whole sentence looks confusing and debatable – at least, to me – and I would never write it myself and / or give it to any of my students.

Please bear in mind that I am only stating what I have come to see (my personal opinion), and I know it is possible that quite a few people will not agree with me. In any event, I always like to say that I might be wrong regardless of what is currently in question.

I thank you very much for your lesson and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Ernesto Simon

Wednesday, May 29th 2013

    Hi Ernesto,

    Well put.But that is the beauty of English actually. It is a language of rules made to be broken.
    That being said, not sure if you read my explanation, but I did say that I would be more straightforward in the future and be more careful about taking some constructions for granted.
    I appreciate your comment :)

    Monday, June 10th 2013

Thanks for this lesson, Adam. As far as I know, instead of “unless” I also can use “until”. Is it synonym?

Thursday, May 30th 2013

Dear Adam… you say – do not use negative with (unless) . but point 8 in the quiz is confusing..!!! could u comment please.

Friday, June 7th 2013

Thank you mansour1 & Adam

Sunday, June 9th 2013

the question is confusing

Thursday, June 13th 2013

Hello Adam,
How are you?
I’m really enjoying watching your videos and I learn a lot through your lessons.

I want to ask you about “Under, Below, Beneath and Underneath”.

How can I use them probably, specially (beneath and underneath)

Thank you

Thursday, June 13th 2013

that was difficult to me

Saturday, June 15th 2013

Yayyyyy for the first time 90 ♥♥♥ yeahh I’m so happy thank you teacher adam ♥♥♥♥

Sunday, June 23rd 2013

Thank you very much, Adam! I got 100!

Thursday, June 27th 2013

Thanx a lot. Thats really confused but, i seem likely to understand it a little as the way of using this sentences is pretty complicated.

Unless you watch this lesson, you will be much confused …..

Friday, July 5th 2013

thanks a lot Adam , it very interesting and useful

Wednesday, July 10th 2013

Thanks Adam..

Monday, July 15th 2013

“People will be mean to you”
What’s that sentence mean?

Tuesday, July 16th 2013

hello to all and Adam too .i got follow that conditional lessons in fact i had learnt some anew words today but i wish that to kept on my mind thanks alot and have luck to all …….

Thursday, July 18th 2013

Thanks for this lesson ,Adam.I am also confused about Q8. Pleas explain it.

Tuesday, August 6th 2013

Thanks Adam :)

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Adam thanks i got the answer about Q8 after reading your explanation now i got it

Sunday, August 11th 2013

I do not think taht is very pretty

Friday, August 16th 2013

Thanks , Adam!

Friday, August 23rd 2013

TEACHER LEAVE THEM KIDS ALONE !!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 4th 2013

Thanks a lot Adam.”I’ll use Engvid as long as it stays free.” ^^

Monday, September 9th 2013

this example is a joke: North Korea often threatens to blow up the US _______ they receive food aid.
how about: ——— AMERICA take your natural resources, it will strike your country.
* unless
* if not

plz “engvid” don’t do this any more ……

Monday, September 9th 2013

I did it, even wrong no. 8 ^_^.
thanks Adam

Wednesday, September 18th 2013

Hi teacher Adam!!
I have a question: when we use unless, can we use in positive form??

Monday, September 23rd 2013

hi teacher Adam
is this correct?
if we were not sick we would have come to the party
?thanks

Sunday, October 6th 2013

hello Adam
thank you for teaching, but to be honest i am confused because you said when we use unless we should not use negative verb but in the exam there is a question :
if you study you will pass the exam unless your teacher do not like you.
here unless is a negative word and do not like is a negative verb, it is double negative is not it?
thank you for all your help.

Saturday, October 12th 2013

Hello Adam , Thank you for your great lessons :)

I’m very interested in knowing the differences between Canadian Accent and American one ,all I know about this matter is that Canadians usually tend to use “eh” rather than using question tag , and that they pronounce certain words like (House , about , South ,..etc) differently, can you please make a video about this ? You know all the videos on Youtube that cover this subject are made by non-professionals and sometimes the information they provide might not be true or precise . so it would be helpful to have some videos that are prepared by professionals . Thanks in advance ^_^

Saturday, October 19th 2013

Hi, Adam. Thank you for useful lessens.
I think it’s easy to think that “UNLESS THE TEACHER DOESN’T lIKE YOU” is same as “UNLESS THE TEACHER HATES YOU” about Q8. is it right?
anyway, Q8 is confusing!

Wednesday, October 30th 2013

Your explanation was very clear! I got 10 out of 10!! :) Thanks Adam!

Sunday, November 3rd 2013

Are theses sentences correct?
1. I am not signing these reports unless you correct the problem.
2. I am not signing these reports unless you have corrected the problem.
3. I am not signing these reports unless the problem has been corrected.

Saturday, November 9th 2013

yet me, who is not that good in English know that mean can be a bad person, about the question 9.
Thank you Adam

Sunday, November 17th 2013

Thanks Adam for your very good explanation how to use and understand “unless”! That helps me a lot. I’m very interested in how to increase my vocabulary, I’ll just have a look at your tip! Till next time!

Sunday, November 17th 2013

even me, i must say.

Sunday, November 17th 2013

Hi Adam,
at min 4:42, you said “what’s going to happen?” then corrected it “what will happen” …

What’s the difference !?

Friday, November 29th 2013

now im getting confuse

Sunday, December 1st 2013

Dear Mr Adam ,
Thank you for your time
But I need more clarification about what you had mention in you lesson in the about question bellow the answer was ( doesn’t like ) why ? you said no negative with Unless how come to be that
Thanks

If you study hard, you will pass the course; unless the teacher ________ you.

likes
doesn’t like

Friday, December 6th 2013

Thanks Sir, I got 70%.

Thursday, December 12th 2013

Very interesting, the use always keeps me thinking.

Sunday, December 15th 2013

Hi Adam is realy good how do you explain the lesson, it is easy to understand.

Thursday, December 19th 2013

Hello Adam,

I think,question 8 is wrong. What do you think?

You say: We don’t like double negatives. :)

Saturday, December 28th 2013

thx! everything is clear!

Thursday, January 16th 2014

thanks.How to hange this sentence?

-If he does some serious research online,he will write an interesting article.
Unless he does some…………………,he won’t write an interesting article??????????

is my answer right??????

Thursday, January 16th 2014

    Yes, it’s totaly correct.

    Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

Hi Teacher,
I am a little confused with this one : “If you study hard, you will pass the course; unless the teacher doesn’t like you.”
As you see teacher we have used here a negative situation doesn’t like after unless, even though in the video you tell us never use negative after unless.
Could you please help me with this one.

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

Interesting

Tuesday, January 28th 2014

Although I got to 90%, I have stumbled by NO.8.
Afterwards I saw the teacher’s advice and I understood it.
Thank you teacher.

Wednesday, January 29th 2014

hi teacher!i really enjoy your lessons.can you teach us about the clauses?i mean adverb clauses noun clauses and adjective clauses

Friday, January 31st 2014

Thank you Adam, you are great.

Monday, February 10th 2014

Hi Adam, will you help me with Question no 7 and 8.In question no 8 there are 2 negatives, how is it possible?

Tuesday, February 11th 2014

    Yeahhh I have the same thing as well, at nr.8 are two negatives, why, Adam said it’s doesn’t do. I don’t know….

    Wednesday, August 6th 2014

heyy Adam… i really like this lesson…thank u…unless gives negative meaning, right? can we use unless+ not+ V

Monday, March 10th 2014

hi sorry i have a question

in this sentence

If banks extend credit, many shop will open

Unless banks don’t extend credit, many shop will open

Is ok ?

Tuesday, April 1st 2014

good!!

Friday, May 2nd 2014

Hi,
would you comment this sentence
/I’ll go skiing unless it doesn’t snow./
unless is before doesn’t

Friday, May 30th 2014

hey adam, hope you’re doing great :)
i want to ask you something pls.
well, during watching english movies and tv.shows etc.
i’ve never noticed them using these kind of words (unless as long as etc ). they do use it but not much
i fell like we’re studying these stuff just because of exams and maybe reading books
so i need to know what you think about that, is that really true that native english speakers don’t use this kind of grammar ( advanced grammar )much in their life
thanks :)

Tuesday, June 10th 2014

As per you’re teaching, Unless and other Negative word cannot come together then how my answers to question 08 is incorrect. appreciate you’re comments.

Thursday, June 19th 2014

I got 8/10 but it’ a little bit difficult when you’re supposed to use unless. The tip. is not use negative verb. In this case

Sunday, June 22nd 2014

Thanx Mr.Adam.I wanna ask if there is a video here to explain unreal conditional or not?

Thursday, July 10th 2014

Thanks Adam, I got 70 %, but at question nr. 8 are two negatives ( unless & doesn’t ). You said two negatives doesn’t make sense. If you didn’t say that we will do right answer. Thanks.

Wednesday, August 6th 2014

Bit confusing but i’ll hold on it eventually.
Thanks Adam Sir for lesson

Wednesday, August 6th 2014

hello Adam sir,
first of all i want to tell u your way of teaching is excellent u look so cool while teaching. pls tell me why do we use past tense even we are talking about present. thank u

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

Thanks Adam, I got 9/10 ! But i don’t really understand the question 8; “Unless” was used with negative form (doesn’t) :/

Monday, September 15th 2014

dear adam, plants need water to grow. use if

Friday, September 26th 2014

Excellent session that was… Infact, all the sessions of yours are… Was just wondering, if I speak to some one, in order to improve my vocab and grammar and that person is with the similar skill set as I am, how would that help me :(
Could you please suggest…

Sunday, October 5th 2014

Thanks Adam, your explanations are very clear and easy to understand

Saturday, October 18th 2014

thank’s , it so clear explanation

Sunday, October 19th 2014

Many thanks for your lessons Adam. They are really useful.

Tuesday, November 4th 2014

Thanks Adam,great lesson.
if I hear a lot I will be better.
unless I hear A lot I will be bad
sorry for poor English writing but with you I feel better ISA.

Wednesday, November 5th 2014

Thanks teacher Adam very much.

Sunday, November 9th 2014

Unless my English it’s so bad no one going understand

Tuesday, November 18th 2014

you made it sound simple but i know its need a lot of practice

Monday, November 24th 2014

Thank you Adam for this lesson. By the way I would like to know if we can change the following sentence with If into Unless:
If you doubt, don’t take it.
Unless you doubt, take it.
Thank you so much

Monday, November 24th 2014

Hi Adam, for Question 8 is something unclear for me.Could you please explain us, i saw that also another “students” were confused about it.Thanks for your lessons, you are a great teacher!Best regards from Romania :)

Sunday, December 14th 2014

Thanks for imparting this lesson.
Your the best teacher!

Tuesday, December 30th 2014

great job

Saturday, January 3rd 2015

In question 8
” Unless your teacher doesn’t like you ”
Dose unless still mean if…not here or it doesn’t mean if …not anymore ?
Thanks for anyone who will answer this .

Sunday, February 22nd 2015

Well Done Adam! Keep u the good job buddy I like your style.

Thursday, March 12th 2015

I got 6/10
I don’t understand ‘as long as’ between ‘if’

Sunday, March 22nd 2015

HI.. just a quick question: can i substitute UNLESS with the second and third conditionals? thank you, thank you, thank you. :)

Thursday, March 26th 2015

not easy

Thursday, April 16th 2015

very useful lesson! could you explaim how can I use “If I were to” on some sentence?

Sunday, April 26th 2015

I actually forgot it but now I’ve remembered it again.

Monday, May 4th 2015

Thank you so much Adam for the lesson. I’m looking forward for the next one.

Monday, May 4th 2015

so needful !Adam is so practical in teaching and transmitting the main information!I mean that he is always acurate and to the point!many congrats for your work!

Wednesday, May 20th 2015

Thank you

Friday, May 22nd 2015

i got 9 out of 10, yet my problem is how to determine the clauses mr. adam

Tuesday, May 26th 2015

hello Adam
you are the best teacher in world, you got perfect style of teaching. for a long time I have made confuse with unless and otherwise but now I am clear.

Wednesday, July 15th 2015

thank you.

Sunday, July 26th 2015

Dear Adam,

Thank you so very much these many many helpful teaching!! Your lessons has been helped so very much to improve my language skills in english. I would like to take an observation: If I guess well then in this lesson you aimed the kind of languages where are no differences among meanings of these phrases: “If not, unless, as long as”, am I not? In hungarian there is an exact meaning of “unless” word. The hungarian know it precisely the differences among these words and they cannot make mistakes as applying these words in various sentences. Might you make lessons about polysemantic words? It would be very useful for me. I would like to understand better the meaning of “abide” word, for example.Thank You and I wish you happy, perseverance and successful work further.

Tuesday, August 11th 2015

I have still an idea: We can define the term of “unless” word is consists exclusively of conditional and negative statement, but it is used only as an exception in sentences.

Tuesday, August 11th 2015

Well 8/10 not bad at all. Thanks, it´s been very useful!

Tuesday, August 11th 2015

hi!
this class was easy, and I got it…..I am happy for that.
thanks! teacher.

Sunday, August 16th 2015

Hi Adam. I have a question about sentence 8. If I answer” unless she likes you” I understand that If the teacher likes me, no matter if a study ir not because I will pass the exam;I am her womanizer, jejee. I accept the other possible answer but, is the one I texted you write as well? Thank you so much in advance.
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Friday, August 28th 2015

    Is the one I texted you right as well?

    Friday, August 28th 2015

Adam, great lesson. Thanks a lot. Hope you will help us in using the conditional words “Provided/Providing (that)” please.

Thursday, November 12th 2015

HI Adam I like your lesson, and iwouuld like to practice more. Where can I get more exercises? Could you give us.

Thursday, November 19th 2015

Hi Adam! Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, November 25th 2015

thanks

Wednesday, January 6th 2016

Hi! Im really in trouble ..i have an grammar exam tommorow and i memories all grammar tenses rules.. but when i practisse it i had a lot of mistakes .. i need ur help mts adam …

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016

I got 7 out of 10… i got mistakes at questions # 2,4,8.. thanks for sharing this lesson adam… it helps me alot…

Wednesday, February 17th 2016

Thank you Adam.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Hello Adam, Thanks for all the lessons that every day improve my english.

Monday, March 14th 2016

Hi adam, I want to add a very important remak. We cannot use unless if the sentence doesn’t mean except if. Is this true?

Saturday, April 9th 2016

Hello, Adam.You said,”no negative verb with unless”, so why is “unless the teacher doesn’t like you” the correct answer?

Friday, May 6th 2016

    logically “unless the teacher doesn’t like you” is the correct answer. The teacher may have to re-shoot the video.

    Wednesday, July 13th 2016

So, unless you study and work hard you won’t be an english fluent speaker.

Monday, May 9th 2016

Thanks a lot!!

Thursday, June 2nd 2016

Woahh i got 9 score half a 10, the Q8 i think it’s doing wrong right? Cause “unless” is a negative conditional, but thanks Mr. Adam for your lesson :)

Tuesday, September 27th 2016
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