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Conditional PermissionPlay
Understand 'unless' as setting a condition for permission, often used by parents or authorities. SlideYou can't have dessert unless you eat your vegetables.
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Implied NegativePlay
'Unless' implies a negative scenario; it suggests that the action in the main clause isn't expected to happen. SlideHe won't text you back unless you apologize.
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Futurity ContextPlay
Use 'unless' to discuss future possibilities that depend on a condition not currently met. SlideThey can't start construction unless the permits are approved.