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The performer died after falling ill on stage. This was thought by the audience to be a part of the act, until emergency services were called in, the audience was evacuated, and he was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

Until emergency services were called in, he lay dying on the floor.

What differentiates the subordinate usage in this example from the prepositional usage of until...just context alone?

Or is it because the the first example is written as a list of three clauses beginning with a subordinate 'until', as other than that, they appear the same.

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    There are clues in the context and in the structure - compare this was thought by the audience to be a part of the act; until emergency services were called in, they went on laughing and taking photos and video clips. The punctuation is different, and it makes sense that these are things the audience would do until they realised it wasn't part of the act, not things that would make them realise. – Minty Apr 22 at 13:04

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