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Why is it not possible to write

"it had not arrived until yesterday meaning when I checked yesterday,it had not yet arrived.(However I can't check it now so it may have arrived today.)"

You must write : "It had not arrived as at or up until yesterday."

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  • It's not idiomatic. It did not arrive until yesterday means that yesterday was when it finally did arrive. Sep 17, 2022 at 11:44
  • but you can't explain in english that up to yesterday nothing had come
    – Yves Lefol
    Sep 17, 2022 at 11:48
  • may be" it still hadn't arrived yesterday"
    – Yves Lefol
    Sep 17, 2022 at 12:11
  • Yes, that would be fine - or simply "It hadn't arrived yesterday", as I suggested in response to your earlier question. Sep 17, 2022 at 12:17
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    If I wanted to use the version I would say "It had not arrived as of yesterday". Meaning it did not arrive at any time up to and including yesterday, but it may have arrived today, but not necessarily. There is a long discussion about "as at" V "as of" V "as on"in another English language forum forum.wordreference.com/threads/as-at-vs-as-of.537988 There is the suggestion there may be an element of BrE V AmE involved. Sep 17, 2022 at 16:17

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"It had not arrived until yesterday."

Would mean that it did arrive yesterday.

It would also be better written as "It did not arrive until yesterday."

For the meaning you want, a better sentence would be:

"As of yesterday, it had still not arrived."

"As of" implies the last time you checked, where "until" implies it arrived but perhaps not when it was supposed to have.

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