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Would valid to make sense when refering to an expiration date? I've got this text right now:

Valid from: 01/10/2014
Valid to: 10/10/2014

It doesn't sound correct. Should it be until?

In which cases can I use to and not until?

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    Whichever you pick, please don't use the construction found in some contest ad disclaimers: 'Offer ends October 10th or while supplies last'. – Jim Mack Oct 1 '14 at 18:21
  • Why not, @JimMack? – Dunning-Kruger Oct 2 '14 at 20:59
  • Seriously? "Offer ends...while supplies last" was common (and much mocked) a few years ago, from fast food joints with promotional giveaways. – Jim Mack Oct 2 '14 at 21:50
  • Didn't know that. However, why was it mocked? It makes sense to me. – Dunning-Kruger Oct 2 '14 at 22:42
  • Because it's contradictory. The offer continues or is valid while supplies last. It ends when supplies are exhausted. – Jim Mack Oct 3 '14 at 0:26
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Both "to" and "until" can imply that the item is not valid on the end-date specified, but only up to that date.

"Valid through" would imply that it was valid through that final end-date, and eliminates any possible misinterpretation.

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