How to Use UNLESS | English Grammar 1

How to Use UNLESS | English Grammar

Learn How to Use UNLESS in English Sentences with Picture and Examples.
Unless means the same as if…not. Like if, unless is followed by a present tense, a past tense, or a past perfect tense.

How to Use UNLESS with Examples

Unless is used instead of if…not in conditional sentences of all types.

UNLESS + Present Tense

  • You’ll be sick unless you stop eating. ( You will be sick if you do not stop eating.)
  • He won’t go to sleep unless you tell him a story. (He won’t go to sleep if you do not tell him a story.)

UNLESS + Past Tense

  • She would be here by now unless she was stuck in traffic. (She would be here by now if she was not stuck in traffic.)
  • I wouldn’t eat this food unless I was really hungry. (I wouldn’t eat this food if I was not really hungry.)

UNLESS + Past Perfect

  • They would have shot her unless she’d given them the money. (They would have shot her if she had not given them the money.)
  • Unless the train hadn’t broken down, we were sure to be late. (If the train had not broken down, we would have been on time.)

– We cannot use unless in questions:
What will you do if you do not pass this final exam? (NOT: What will you do unless you pass this final exam?)

– We don’t use will or would in the clause after unless:
Unless we leave now, we can be late. (NOT: Unless we will leave now, can be late.)

How to Use UNLESS | Image

How to Use UNLESS