I have a question regarding the following sentence:

You have until June 6th to go there.

Is it grammatically incorrect?

Consider the following:

You is the subject, have is the verb, until June 6th and to go there are both adverbs. Does this make have not have an object?

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    until June 6th is not an adverb, it is a prepositional phrase (PP). to go there is not an adverb, it does not modify the preceding clause. – Gaston Ümlaut May 24 '12 at 13:22
  • preposition + noun = adverb phrase right? – Pochi May 25 '12 at 3:30
  • A prepositional phrase (PP = preposition + noun phrase) that plays the role of an adverb may be called an "adverbial (phrase)" not "adverb". Adverbial phrases are non-obligatory elements that modify the verb/clause. It seems to me that this sense of "have" requires a second argument (such as "until June 6th"), so it's not an adverbial phrase but an obligatory element. – Gaston Ümlaut May 25 '12 at 6:13
  • Can until June 6th be an object if it isn't a noun? I really don't understand this. What's the logical explanation? – Pochi May 28 '12 at 10:41
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    Perhaps it will help to consider the parallel expressions "You have until June 6th" and "You have three days". Either may replace or explain the other: "You have until June 6th–three days" or "You have three days–until June 6th." – StoneyB on hiatus Aug 14 '12 at 21:17

As an English native (American), this looks and feels correct to me.

"You have until the 20th to complete your homework."

"You have until tomorrow to pay back what you owe."

"You have until morning to finish your paper."

"You have until the end of the month to catch up with your assignments."

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  • yes! thats what i thought, but is there an explanation for this? gramatically speaking – Pochi May 24 '12 at 5:33
  • Ah, right. If an adverb modifies a verb, then have in this case is the modified verb. And adverb or adverbial phrase does not replace the verb itself, but merely modifies it. – Zahhar May 24 '12 at 6:06
  • More insights may be found here as well: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adverbial_clause – Zahhar May 24 '12 at 6:08
  • oooh so thats why it doesnt need the object, okay thank you. – Pochi May 24 '12 at 6:10

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