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until

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:37 am
by azz
Can one say
a. Walk up this street until the second intersection and then turn left.

b. I went until the third door and stopped.

c. He traveled until Boston, but couldn't go further.

?

Many thanks.

Re: until

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:27 pm
by Erik_Kowal
Substitute 'as far as' for 'until'.

Alternatively:

a. Walk up this street until you get to the second intersection and then turn left.

b. I went [up] to the third door and stopped.

c. He traveled until he got as far as Boston, but [then] [he] couldn't go further.

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Re: until

Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:47 pm
by Phil White
Erik's suggestions are all fine. I would add that your sentence a) does not seem quite so ugly as the rest. I suspect that you may hear "until" used prepositionally in a spatial context on very rare occasions, but generally the prepositional use is restricted to temporal contexts (wait until five o'clock).