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Which is correct or sounds better to you?

It will take a while until the change takes an effect.
It will take a while before the change takes an effect.

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I think more natural would be It will be a while before the change takes effect. –  FumbleFingers Mar 2 '12 at 14:08
    
The sentence suggested by @FumbleFingers is like a set phrase and is well-worn with extensive use. –  Kris Mar 4 '12 at 13:02
    
@Kris: Not sure it's exactly "well-worn". The closest I could find in written form is some time has to elapse before the change takes effect, and it took a while to find even that. I did find one instance of "some time before the change takes effect", but it's not in the same context. –  FumbleFingers Mar 4 '12 at 16:00
    
...and there are no relevant instances of until the change takes effect in Google Books –  FumbleFingers Mar 4 '12 at 16:02
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Both are valid, but have slightly differing connotations. "Before" seems to stress the span of time preceding the effect; "Until" seems to stress the change that will be effected after that span of time.

Additionally, I agree with FumbleFingers that the phrasing is awkward. His phrasing is a good alternative. Else you can rephrase it "It will take a while for the change to be effected." This eliminates the need to choose between your alternatives, but makes use of passive voice, which is of contested validity. Personally, I have never had a problem with its usage, but that is something you must decide for yourself, based on personal preference and the context for which you are writing.

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