I will try to survive till that.

My teacher (native) told me the THAT is not OK - and I have to find the good solution - this site is allowed.

Possibly I would formulate on the following way, but I'm not sure at all:

I will try to survive till that time.


2 Answers 2


"that time" is fine, but there is a more natural word: "then". The word "then" can mean "that time"

What time do you come home? / 6 pm / I'll wait until then to do my homework because I want to ask you a question.

  • Of course, we say until that time, but until that is fine too. The OP did not specify exactly.
    – Lambie
    Mar 25, 2021 at 15:52
  • James, thanks for your answer, It is helpful, clear and understandable. Szabolcs
    – babolcs
    Mar 27, 2021 at 6:32

Something will occur on June 10th.

I'll have to survive until that. [that is a pronoun replacing: June 10th].

You do not need to say: until that date or until that time. You can but it is not necessary when speaking.


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  • If you want to replace a time with a pronoun you should use then (or that time), as James K describes.
    – randomhead
    Mar 25, 2021 at 1:51
  • @randomhead then is not a pronoun; it is an adverb. As the English say "Mind how you go". So, you and the downvoters are mistaken.
    – Lambie
    Mar 25, 2021 at 14:27
  • Your examples show that being used as a pronoun to reference a thing (a purported statement, a fast-moving current). Using that to reference a time is not standard usage. Do you have such an example?
    – randomhead
    Mar 25, 2021 at 14:37
  • @randomhead We are so busy, it's crazy. The party is at 8 o'clock tonight. I guess I'll have to survive until that. [implied: time or event].
    – Lambie
    Mar 25, 2021 at 14:50
  • @randomhead The point is not time necessarily in the OP's first formulation. It could be an event. And as such is perfectly fine. Or even if "that" refers to an event occurring at some time.
    – Lambie
    Mar 25, 2021 at 15:51

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