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I'd had a high school reuion party at Hongdae, but the party was over too early. So, some of us decided to drink more at a park located in Hongdae. At the park, there were a group of girls sitting on a bench, holding a bottle of beer. And, most of them were pretty, so we decided to go there and talk to them. It was a lot of fun because I ('d/'ve) never done that before. The (gathering / meeting) was over about an hour later. We had been talking to them for about an hour (before/until) the time when I had to go home to be on time for the last bus.

  1. I think 'd is right because I'm talking about my experience until I met them.

  2. I don't know what I should choose. can you give me an advice?

  3. I think until could imply that we had been talking more than one hour, so that I missed the bus. but before would never imply that because the event of talking to them has to be finished before the time I had to go home. I think depending on what I mean, I can choose which I should use, right?

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  1. 'd is indeed correct

  2. Meeting- An assembly or conference of persons for a specific purpose.

Gathering- An assemblage of people; group or crowd.

So for Number 2, I think Gathering would be better between the 2 options, but since you had never met them before, I would suggest the word encounter to be substituted into that place.

  1. I believe for this part neither of your two options will fit nicely into that sentence. I suggest you instead replace the options with till.

Till- up to the time of; until

You can still use until in your sentence by restructuring it to:

We had been talking to them for about an hour until it was time when I had to go home to be on time for the last bus.

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  • Thank you so much and I think 'was' is right here. and how about what I've added at the end of the sentence? Does that makes sense ?-->We had been talking to them for about an hour until it "was" time when I had to leave the place to be on time for the last bus. but I didn't go home on that day. vs
    – jihoon
    Aug 4, 2015 at 16:36
  • The last part is clumsy. It could be condensed as "until I had to leave to catch the last bus home". Aug 5, 2015 at 8:23

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