.."unless" the product becomes extremely expensive.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Wookie, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Wookie

    Wookie Senior Member

    Korea, Korean
    "If we are obsessed with made in Italy, made in France, the negative side is that everything gets pared down to essentials," he told Reuters. "There comes a point where this slavish respect for 'made in Italy' cannot hold unless the product becomes extremely expensive." (source)

    I'd like to know what "unless" means here.
    As far as I know, unless means "if... not". But I don't think "unless" makes sense in the context.

    If the product becomes extremely expensive, the slavish respect cannot hold. :tick:
    If the product does not become extremely expensive, the slavish respect cannot hold.:cross:
     
  2. Erebos12345

    Erebos12345 Senior Member

    The second one is correct.

    Slavish respect holds if it's expense.
    or
    Slavish respect cannot hold if it's not expensive.
    or
    Slavish respect cannot hold except if it's expensive. <--this is the best paraphrase
    or
    Slavish respect can only hold if it's expensive.
     

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