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TOEFL Structure Part 8: Contrary-to-Fact Conditionals--Change in Conditions Unless


Problem 8 Contrary-to-Fact Conditionals--Change in Conditions Unless
Remember that there is a subject and verb that determines the change in conditions after the connector unless.

S
V
unless
S
V

Luisa
won’t
unless
she
gets
A scholarship

Avoid deleting unless from the sentence; avoid deleting either the subject or the verb from the clause after unless.

INCORRECT : I can't go I don't get my work finished
CORRECT : I can't go unless I get my work finished.

INCORRECT : They are going to get a divorce unless he stopping drugs.
CORRECT : They are going to get a divorce unless he stops taking drugs.

INCORRECT : You won't get well unless you are taking your medicine.
CORRECT : You won't get well unless you take your medicine.

INCORRECT : Dean never calls his father unless needs money.
CORRECT : Dean never calls his father unless he needs money.

INCORRECT : We can't pay the rent unless the scholarship check.
CORRECT : We can't pay the rent unless the scholarship check comes.

Exercises
Part A: Choose the correct answer.

Football teams don't play in the Super Bowl championship ________ either the National or the American Conference.
(A) unless they win
(B) but they win
(C) unless they will win
(D) but to have won

Part B: Choose the incorrect word or phrase and correct it.

Usually boys cannot become Boy Scouts unless completed the fifth grade.
(A) (B) (C) (D)

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