# Difference between as long as , unless and provided that

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#### Luca Tufo

##### Member
HI guys, could you tell me what's the difference between as long as , unless and provided that;
please, give me some example to understand better.

on my book I don't understand very well

thanks

• #### Chez

##### Senior Member
Please can you give us some examples, then we can tell you which would be the most appropriate in which context, and why.

We are here to help out with specific problems, not to give general information.

#### Luca Tufo

##### Member
Please can you give us some examples, then we can tell you which would be the most appropriate in which context, and why.

We are here to help out with specific problems, not to give general information.
ok, thanks
you can enroll in my club as long as you have the card
you can enroll in my club unless you have the card

#### Chez

##### Senior Member
Thank you, It is much easier to help in a specific case.

you can enroll in my club as long as you have the card = if you have the card, you can enrol
you can enrol in my club unless you have the card 'unless' only works in the negative: You can't enrol in my club unless you have the card = If you don't have the card, you can't enrol.

#### Luca Tufo

##### Member
Thank you, It is much easier to help in a specific case.

you can enroll in my club as long as you have the card = if you have the card, you can enrol
you can enrol in my club unless you have the card 'unless' only works in the negative: You can't enrol in my club unless you have the card = If you don't have the card, you can't enrol.
thanks you so much;

other examples :

1)I'll go to the party as long as you bring something to eat
2)I won't go to the party unless I have nothing to do, so I'll free

are these correct ?

In the first example, Can I put "provided that" insted of "as long as"?

#### Chez

##### Senior Member
1)I'll go to the party as long as you bring something to eat Yes you can use 'provided that' here.
2)I won't go to the party unless I have nothing (else) to do, so I'll be freeCorrect use of 'unless', but some corrections in blue.

#### Luca Tufo

##### Member
1)I'll go to the party as long as you bring something to eat Yes you can use 'provided that' here.
2)I won't go to the party unless I have nothing (else) to do, so I'll be freeCorrect use of 'unless', but some corrections in blue.
perfect, thanks so.. provided is the same as "as long as" ?

#### Chez

##### Senior Member
Please ALWAYS ask which one should be used in a particular context where you wish to use it. On this occasion, they have the same meaning, but one or other might not be appropriate in a different sentence.

#### analeeh

##### Senior Member
'You can enroll in the club, unless you have the card' sounds just about plausible to me, but it would have to mean 'you can enroll in the club as long as you don't have the card'.

#### Chez

##### Senior Member
Ye-e-e-es, we can often contort something into having some possible meaning in some possible context. I wouldn't recommend the OP-er bothers to try to memorise this usage, though, when already struggling with the basic usages of these terms..

#### Luca Tufo

##### Member
Please ALWAYS ask which one should be used in a particular context where you wish to use it. On this occasion, they have the same meaning, but one or other might not be appropriate in a different sentence.
I don't have sentences about it now

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