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waited till

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:30 am
by azz
a. He waited till the pain got really bad before he went to a doctor.

b. He waited till the pain got really bad to go to a doctor.

c. He waited for the pain to get really bad to go to a doctor.



d. He waited till the sun rose to enjoy the view.

e. He waited for the sun to rise to enjoy the view.

f. He waited till the sun rose for the landscape to appear in all their glory.

g. He waited for the sun to rise for the landscape to appear in all their glory.



Are the above sentences all grammatically correct and meaningful?


Many thanks.

Re: waited till

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:50 pm
by Erik_Kowal
azz wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:30 am
f. He waited till the sun rose for the landscape to appear in all their glory.

g. He waited for the sun to rise for the landscape to appear in all their glory.[/b]
Both these sentences require the singular possessive pronoun with glory: "for the landscape to appear in all its glory".

The rest are all grammatically fine, though the combination of b) and c)'s vagueness with their repetitive use of 'to' sounds awkward to my ear.

As always with these contrived sentences, context would clarify the intent. Without it, a) suggests to me that the sufferer waited until the pain from his condition had become unendurable before he made the decision to see his doctor, whereas c) suggests that he actually wanted the pain level to increase first.

Re: waited till

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:20 pm
by Bobinwales
I would write, and say, "until" actually.