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I'm describing a train incident (I've been through) on my blog, but I'm stuck at the above question. I want to say that 'we remained silent till the next station arrived'(n station can't arrive because it's a train which takes you there). and this is how I've stated it.

"Till the next station, we remained silent".

This doesn't sound correct to me.

Please Help me. Thank you in advance.

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    What's wrong with "We remained silent until we/the train arrived at the next station" - or "...until we were at the next station"?
    – WS2
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 8:09
  • "Till the next station, we remained silent" sounds ok to me.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 9:34
  • Speaking 'relatively', from your point of view the station does move towards you, and therefore, in that sense, "the station arrived" is valid.
    – NVZ
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 9:43
  • Why doesn't it sound correct? Does "We remained silent till the next station" sound better, putting the adverbial phrase after the verb? You can leave your reader to infer the verb for station.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 9:48
  • My ear would prefer something like "We remained silent until we arrived at [pulled into] the next station. Commented Feb 20, 2017 at 4:43

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"Till the next station, we remained silent".

This sounds a bit odd to me, so:

We remained silent till the next station.

There is nothing wrong with either sentence. There is no accounting for why one might "sound OK", or "not quite OK", to some, but not to others.

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"Till the next station, we remained silent" is not correct.

"Place and Quantity: Until/Till not used

Until/Till is used only to talk about time. To talk about distance, we use to, as far as or up to; up to is also used to talk about quantity.

We walked as far as/up to the edge of the forest. (NOT, till the edge of the forest)

The minibus can hold up to thirteen people. (NOT, until thirteen people)

It is sometimes possible to use until/till before a place name in the sense of 'until we get to....'

You drive until Phoenix, then I'll take over.

From Michael Swan's Practical English Usage".

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  • It's idiomatic and common to use such expressions as until London's skyscrapers appear on the horizon. Although this example contains a verb, Till the next station clearly implies the verb. It doesn't have to be stated. Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 14:32
  • Thank you for the explanation. I appreciate your help. So, to state it in other way - "Until the train took its next stop, we remained silent". This sounds okay to me. Is this a correct way. Please confirm.
    – shanky
    Commented Feb 20, 2017 at 10:29
  • @shanky: Yes, when unti/till is used, the chief interest is on the point of time, not the place. Commented Feb 20, 2017 at 10:55
  • Thank you. If possible do check out my post. "You should never try to board a moving train or" wackyincidents.com/…
    – shanky
    Commented Feb 20, 2017 at 11:27
  • But the till phrase in Till the next station, we remained silent can be interpreted as referring to the time it took to get to the next station. Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 14:09

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