Hello. 

 I can't decide which one of the following sentences is correct and which one is not and why.  Please help. Thank you

1- I wouldn't have the first prize unless I trained hard.

2- Unless you had studied hard, you wouldn't have got high marks.

3- Gamila wouldn't have bought the new car unless she had saved money. 

4- I wouldn't have been able to do it unless she had helped me.

5- Unless you had told me about Rasha's new dress, I wouldn't have noticed it.

6- Unless my sister had been born, I wouldn't have had anyone to play with when I was a child.

7- I wouldn't have reached this good level unless she had helped me.

8- Unless he had had money, he wouldn't have moved into a large house.

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Hi, Ahmed, 

Ahmed Imam Attia posted:

Aren't there any one pays attention to my question?

Thank you.

I think you mean ''Is not there anyone who pays....?  

Well, I hope you are not angry with me. I did see your questions some days ago. I didn't reply them as I thought that you couldn't get my view there, so I thought that someone might explain this point better than I did. I hope you accept my apology. Of course, I am talking about this thread: 

https://thegrammarexchange.inf...and-3rd-conditionals

Ahmed Imam Attia posted:

Hello. 

 I can't decide which one of the following sentences is correct and which one is not and why.  Please help. Thank you

1- I wouldn't have the first prize unless I trained hard.

2- Unless you had studied hard, you wouldn't have got high marks.

3- Gamila wouldn't have bought the new car unless she had saved money. 

4- I wouldn't have been able to do it unless she had helped me.

5- Unless you had told me about Rasha's new dress, I wouldn't have noticed it.

6- Unless my sister had been born, I wouldn't have had anyone to play with when I was a child.

7- I wouldn't have reached this good level unless she had helped me.

8- Unless he had had money, he wouldn't have moved into a large house.

In your first example, it is better to use 'win' or 'get' instead of 'have'. I see that your usage of 'unless' in 1, 3 & 8 is perfectly fine. However 5 & 6 are meaningless. Quirk, sec 15.35, page 1093, gives a similar example to 2 as an incorrect use of 'unless'. I also see that using 'if .....not' in 4 & 7 is much better than 'unless'. The reason why they don't work is found here:

https://dictionary.cambridge.o...itish-grammar/unless

 

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Ahmed Imam Attia posted:

Thank you so much. What about the following one? I think it is incorrect, right?

- It is good to visit beautiful places unless you damage them.

Thank you.

Yes, you are right.

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