negating الشرط in a conditional sentence

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     Lilia  updated 5 days, 13 hours ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Ali

    Member
    July 28, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    I have a question about negating الشرط in a conditional sentence. If we want to negate فعل الشرط, we use لم and فعل مضارع مجزوم. For example:

    إذا لم تمامع أردت أن أؤجل الاجتماع

    “If you don’t mind, I want to postpone the meeting”

    And

    لو لم تكذب لما حدث هذا

    “If you hadn’t lied, this wouldn’t have happened.”

    Is this correct?

  • Lilia 

    Moderator
    July 30, 2020 at 10:57 am

    مرْحبا علي 😊

    The second example is correct.

    But لم is used to deny the past (Exactly like in the second sentence). So it will be correct if you rather say: إذا لا تمانع، أُريدُ انه أؤجل الاجتماع

    You should use لا here instead of لم because you are negating a present-tense verb.

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