She is a very well-mannered person

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AthonLince

Senior Member
Italian
Hi everybody,

I have a doubt about the form to use in a sentence like this:

She is a very well-mannered person "providing" that you don't contradict her.

I think "providing" works here, but I'm not sure. I don't think I have to use form such as "whether", "unless" or "as long".

Could you tell me if my sentence is right?
 
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Yes. Or "as long as". But "providing" is more formal and perfectly correct.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    Providing you don't... provided (that) you don't... as long as you don't...or unless you contradict her.
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    Your sentence is sarcastic. Is that intentional?

    "She is a very well-mannered person" means "She is a person who is (always) well-mannered". So you are saying "always...but only if..." which is sarcastic. A person can't change "what kind of person she is" in some situations.

    To say it without sarcasm, say "She is very well-mannered, providing..."
     

    AthonLince

    Senior Member
    Italian
    I say it without sarcasm.

    It's not clear if I should use "providing THAT you don't...", "providing you don't...", or "provided that you don't".

    I think "providing THAT you don't..." is right, since I believe it means "on condition THAT"
     
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