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Mohan said that he had been in London for two months but until then/till then he had not time to visit the water.

Is there any difference between until then and till then?

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  • Oh, what a difficult question! Till doesn't sound very good at all in that particular sentence…
    – user230
    Dec 13, 2014 at 11:44
  • 'til (a truncation of until) is sometimes also used in the same context
    – Tymric
    Dec 13, 2014 at 11:51
  • @Timmy 'Til is simply a nonstandard spelling of till.
    – user230
    Dec 13, 2014 at 13:27
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    Incidentally, [...] he had not had time [...] would be better.
    – John
    Dec 12, 2016 at 13:12

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To add to Farooq's answer I'd say that till is slightly less formal than until.

In a formal announcement, until will be used more often:

Appeals are registered until 5 p.m.

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They both mean the same thing. You have a choice between "until then" and "till then". For example,

Goodbye until then

or

Goodbye till then

"Until then" is more common though.

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There is no difference between "until" and "till". You can use either until then or till then in the said sentence.

"Till" is more common in conversation.

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It's a common misconception that "till" (or "til") is an informal, shortened version of "until." Actually, till came first (check a reliable dictionary). If you want to avoid pedantic know-it-alls who don't actually know it all, it's safest to use "until," but there's nothing wrong with "til."

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