+0
Hello,

A friend of mine asked if these are correct grammatically.

But I'm not sure of it.

1. I don't watch TV unless I've got nothing else to do.

2. I can hardly believe nothing.

'Nothing' cannot be used with another negative expression, I think.

Both sentences are possible?

Thanks,

Gooday!
1 2
Comments  
The first is grammatical but the second needs "anything" instead of "nothing". I don't see the first sentence as a double negative because the nothing goes with the 've got part, which is positive.

Invest in Bitcoin on the World's Leading Social Trading Network

Join millions who have already discovered smarter strategies for investing in Bitcoin. Learn from experienced eToro traders or copy their positions automatically!

'Unless" means "if not' , so another one is possible :

I don't watch TV unless I've got nothing else to do.

= ~ if I haven't got nothing else to do.

What do you think about this?
Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.
TasmanTiger'Unless" means "if not' , so another one is possible : I don't watch TV unless I've got nothing else to do. = ~ if I haven't got nothing else to do. What do you think about this?

I think of "unless" as "except when/if".

I don't watch TV except when I've got nothing else to do.
I think of "unless" as "except when/if".

I don't watch TV except when I've got nothing else to do.

=> If so , is this sentence OK ?

I don't watch TV unless I don't have anything else to do.

According to your opinion, this 'unless-clause' should be grammatical.

Are you sure?

I have learned that unless clause should not include 'adverb Not'.

I'm so confused!
No, I'd say it's not OK. But I still think that the original is fine. I think it has something to do with a negative verb not being possible after "unless".

If you have a sentence like this

I don't watch TV exept when I don't have anything else to do.

then when substituting "unless" for "except when" you lose the negative (don't)

so the sentence becomes

I don't watch TV unless I have nothing else to do. (anything isn't normally used in positive clauses)
Site Hint: Check out our list of pronunciation videos.
I agree with Ivanhr. He gives good advice.
Oh! I got it!

Thank you for long explanations, I van.

Lovely!
TasmanTiger 1. I don't watch TV unless I've got nothing else to do.
Correct.
TasmanTiger 2. I can hardly believe nothing.
Not correct. With hardly, you'll need anything at the end.
TasmanTiger'Nothing' cannot be used with another negative expression, I think.
Right.

CJ
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
Show more