Questions tagged [till-until]

Questions about using “till” and, or, and/or, or versus “until”.

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How “unless” and “until” affect the structure and meaning of a complex sentence

Here is an ex­cerpt from a book I’m read­ing: Un­less con­sumed in highly skilled rit­ual con­texts, as is prac­ticed in many tra­di­tional so­ci­eties, what drugs in fact do is re­duce our per­...
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Can I say “until the dawn” instead of “until dawn”?

It would be something like "the baby was born at midnight, she cried until (the) dawn". I believe the more natural way of saying that would be without the "the", just "she cried until dawn", but I ...
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“I hadn't waited long until he showed up.” “Until” instead of “before” sounds strange, but why?

I hadn't waited long before he showed up. is a common expression, but I hadn't waited long until he showed up. sounds strange. I wonder why. Is something grammatically wrong?
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Difference between until & even [closed]

I want to know in which situation or sentence I have to use until and when I use even. Both seem to have the same meaning. For example: I stayed at home the whole day until you came No one ...
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English Language Till or Until [duplicate]

I will be away until this Sunday. I will be available Sunday afternoon 2 PM to 3 PM. Please correct this if there are any corrections required. Kindly explain the rule for help in understanding its ...
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Is it correct to say “until someone can (do something)”?

I would like to ask this question: Is it correct to say "until someone can (do something)"? I understand that the common form is "until someone (does something)". E.g. "there is nothing I can do ...
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Can till be used for expressing distance? [closed]

I know that till is used as a preposition for time . But if I say, " I want to trim my hair till the shoulders" would that be correct? If not then which preposition would be more appropriate for ...
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Until someone does? is? has?

From a post on Scott Alexander's Slate Star Codex blog: I also think that nobody has ever been able to consistently extract anything useful or scalable out of them, and until someone does, they’ll ...
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A bit confused with Not until … do

I found a sentence in test. Not until several years after a war has ended _________ to feel the severe psychological damage it can cause. (A) do many of its veterans begin (B) many of its veterans ...
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“Until death” or “until dead”? [closed]

I do wonder what is correct "until dead" or "until death". We have been arguing about this for a few hours. For me, it's more natural to say "Until dead" but I'm not sure, if I'm right or not. What is ...
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Semantically, how does 'before' differ from 'till'?

till {prep. [here] conj., and adv.} Etymology: [..] Probably originally a noun * til = Old English till fixed point, station [...] hence the const. with genitive: prop. ‘with the limit ...
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How does 'not' affect and operate with 'until'? [closed]

As per my understanding with grammar, 1 is correct: I will not stop until it is finished. I will not stop until it is not finished. I will stop until it is finished However, for 2, I ...
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Is it improper to say “count till a hundred”? [closed]

I'm told that using count till a hundred is improper grammar. What's the correct preposition?
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Why is “till” used in this expression: “If we don't leave till after lunch…”?

If we don't leave till after lunch we'll be cutting it very fine. I understand it to mean: "If we don't leave after lunch, we'll be cutting it very fine." (In the event of our not leaving immediately ...
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till vs. until in “from Apr. 21st till/until Apr. 28th” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between “till” and “until”? Please kindly advise me on the correct usage of till/until when talking about period of time. For ...
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Do ‘und’ and ‘till’ make “until” a tautology?

The English Oxford Dictionaries’ definition of the word 'until' lists the following as its etymology: Middle English: from Old Norse und 'as far as' + till (the sense thus duplicated) Etymonline ...
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“Till the morning” or “till morning”?

Which of the following statements is more appropriate? You have to stay here till the morning. You have to stay here till morning. The second one seems more fluent to me. What do you think?...
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How to refer to a period of time?

Which one is grammatically correct? I worked at X company ... from Aug 2005 to Sep 2007. from A up to B. from A until B. from A till B. between A and B.
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What is the difference between “till” and “until”?

What is the difference between till and until? When to use till or until? Please explain with examples.