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Someone wrote:

Then again I came back to the taxi with completely wet clothes till the driver repaired it after 30 mintues.

The context is:

the taxi became punctured ... I left the taxi and stood alongside the freeway in the rain to catch another taxi, but after 10 minutes had passed, no taxi had stopped for me in that rainy weather.

I know Then again is false according to this. It could be simply "again", right? or any other alternative?

But I also think it lacks " and waited till the driver ...", because I think some activity should be performed before "until" right?

My suggestion is:

I came back again to the taxi with completely wet clothes, and waited until the driver repaired the taxi after 30 mintues.

Also, what is the proper verb tense after "until" in the past or present sentences?

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    the repaired it doesn't fit with the antecedent (what comes before it). And: till the driver repaired it after 30 minutes is not idiomatic. /until, 30 minutes later, the driver had repaired it. – Lambie Dec 28 '16 at 18:43
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    We cannot "come back ... until" or "return ... until" unless the reference is to a repeated action. We came back|returned to the restaurant many times until it changed owners. When came back is a perfective (an action which has completion) it cannot be modified by until. So your suggestion to add waited (an action that does not have completion) is a good one. We can say "I slept until 9AM" but not "I awoke until 9AM". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 28 '16 at 20:24
  • @tromano well. Then it's repeated, continues or takes time to be done. I got it. Thanks – Ahmad Dec 29 '16 at 4:40
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In my conception, "then again" can also be used in the beginning. I guess "with" doesn't suit with clothes, "with completely wet clothes" doesn't sound very good, how about replacing it by the verb "wearing" in order to make this sentece sound more fluent? And as you have told me, now I can understand your question fully, so you meant you wanted to wait for the driver to finish up the car repair? So, you could rewrite this sentence using until too, here are some suggestions:

Then again, I came back to the taxi wearing completely wet clothes and waited until the driver finishes up the car repairs.

Then again, I came back to the taxi with my clothes full of water and waited for the driver to fix the car.

Then again, I came back to the taxi wearing clothes full of water and waited for the driver to finish up the car repairs

  • Sorry! I think you got the story wrongly. I should have added more context. I did it now. – Ahmad Dec 28 '16 at 18:59
  • Oh, you meant the taxi had been broken and the driver fixed it? – Davyd Dec 28 '16 at 19:02
  • Right............. – Ahmad Dec 28 '16 at 19:04
  • Now I got it, so this would be my suggestion: I came back to the taxi with my clothes full of water and waited for the driver to repair the car. Or: I came back to the taxi wearing clothes full of water and waited until the driver fixes the car. – Davyd Dec 28 '16 at 19:08
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    I'd opt to use the past perfect tense in that sentence, considering that your statement is written in the past tense, i.e, you are telling a past history, so all the others completements should also be written in the past tense and past perfect tense. – Davyd Dec 28 '16 at 21:44

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