Is it possible to use Continuous tenses together with 'until'? For example

I will be working until 8 a.m.

In my opinion, Continuous sounds pretty logical since we're emphasizing duration, but I've met only Simple tenses in every book or article I've read so far.

EDIT: I've found this example:

I won't be seeing Judy until/before Tuesday.

Can I use 'I won't see Judy until Tuesday' and what's the difference?

  • They are fine as they are. Commented Apr 21, 2014 at 16:57

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Both sound valid according to my dialect of American English. My instinct tells me that 'I won't see Judy' implies that I simply do not have plans to see her until Thursday but could still run into her before then. 'I won't be seeing' implies that I'm certain I won't see her until then. So I think your instinct is correct: using continuous tense only emphasizes the certainty of the continuous action. However, in casual conversation you could use either form, it probably wouldn't matter.


Yes, you can you continuous tense with until. The first sentence is fine

As for he second sentence , I prefer the present tense see instead of be seeing. The use of the present tense with the verb to see is more natural in my opinion.

  • I've found 'won't be seeing' in Michaels Swan's Practical English Usage. Honestly, I don't know which tense is better since Michael's book seems reliable, but you prefer to use 'see'. Maybe someone else can give his opinion. Commented Apr 21, 2014 at 17:21
  • I think your "preference" for simple present instead of present continuous is totally irrelevant. Both are perfectly natural usages, and it's unhelpful to suggest to non-native speakers that they should avoid the continuous form as a general principle. Commented Apr 21, 2014 at 18:10

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