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"I didn’t see her again (until) a few days afterwards." — How does "until" affect the meaning of the sentence?

an example from a dictionary (I couldn't find its source now): (1) I didn’t see her again until a few days afterwards. my variant: (2) I didn’t see her again a few days afterwards. How does "...
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1) A dictionary says "on a weekend" is a British informal phrase. Is it so? 2) "On the weekend of" is used in US and "at the weekend of" in UK, right?

As I understood, "at" is used with "weekend" in UK and "on" in US. But there are some examples in a dictionary that confused me. oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: on a ...
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Can "the mornings" be used as an adverbial? E.g.: "The mornings it was raining, I went for a massage. The mornings it was sunny, I went to the beach."

I know that the prepositional phrases "in/on the mornings", "in/on the afternoons" and "in/on the evenings" can be used as adverbials. But I don't know whether the noun ...
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Trying to find the ultimate rule as to when to use 'on' instead of 'in' for parts of the day [duplicate]

Note: by "parts of the day" I only mean: morning, afternoon, evening, and night. This question is only relevant to these four. Intro According to Cambridge dictionary: We use in with ...
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Reported Speech Time Expression

[Direct speech] We can change the environmental campaign next year? How should this sentence be written in reported speech? A: He is saying they can change the environmental campaign next year. B: ...
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Does "since [year]" include that year?

I had a disagreement with my Professor regarding the use of the word "since" in a few of our exam questions. The sentence was "dividends have not been paid since 2021". In ...
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Place of a time expression in a negative sentence

Is it possible to put the time expressions before or after the negative word? Or is there only one way? For example : The students usually don't like eating fish The students don't usually like eating ...
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how to understand the "in' in "I'll see you in fifteen minutes"?

I'll see you in fifteen minutes One translator translates it with: I'll see you fifteen minutes from now but another translator translates it to: I'll see you within fifteen minutes seems the ...
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"Next time I'll bring a book." — Can I use "the next time" here?

As far as I know: "next time" and "the next time" are interchangeable; "next time" is an informal form of "the next time". To make sure of it, I've prepared ...
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What's time in your watch can I say so if I'm talking about the time

I want to point the time as a time the watch and not the absurd meaning of time itself. Are there any setting in the time itself, so that I can say in time?
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How to guess what action happened first when I use conjunction

I'm talking about all of common conjunctions like 'when' or 'until', by the time. For example for 'when': He fell off the ladder when he saw the flash . In this case, the dependent sentence happened ...
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At two hours past midnight, should I refer to the day that officially ended at midnight as "today" or "yesterday"?

If I am still awake two hours past midnight, thinking about what I have done since the last dawn, should I call the day that officially ended at midnight "yesterday" or "today"? To ...
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The meaning of "by 2030" [duplicate]

In this sentence: That means a potentially monumental tab for insurers: By 2030, J.P. Morgan analysts expect the amount spent on GLP-1 obesity treatments in the U.S. to be about $50 billion, or a ...
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asked for ten dollars

a. He asked me for ten dollars for using his calculator for an hour. b. He asked me for ten dollars to use his calculator for an hour. c. He asked ten dollars for using his calculator for an hour. d. ...
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I paid him money to stay in his house

a. I paid him money to stay in his house. b. I paid him money for staying in his house. Which sentence should be used if I paid him but ended up not staying in his house? Which sentence should be used ...
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By the time we arrive there, it will have already be 7 o'clock/later than 7 o'clock. - which is more idiomatic?

Example 1 It is too late now. By the time we arrive there, it will have already been 7 o'clock. Example 2 It is too late now. By the time we arrive there, it will have already been later than 7 o'...
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Is "I'm John Doe, born 2000, currently a construction worker at a small company" correct English?

Is "I'm John – John Doe, born 2000, currently a construction worker at a small company" correct English? I'm specifically wondering about "born 2000" vs. "born in 2000", ...
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Why isn't there "the" before "New Year" sometimes? [duplicate]

From an article "At, on and in (time)" by Cambridge Dictionary: At the New Year, millions of people travel home to be with their families. From an entry for new year on Oxford Learner's ...
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Time clause in present perfect - Is Mr. Jackson still President?

Since Mr. Jackson became president, unemployment has increased. I know a time clause might refer to a particular point in the past. But the question is, Is Mr. Jackson still President? She hasn't ...
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What does "40-odd years" mean? [duplicate]

I heard "40-odd years" on https://youtu.be/9QCgqQdmr0M?t=59: What does "40-odd years" mean? I found https://ell.stackexchange.com/a/44142/3023 but the usage of odd wasn't made ...
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Am I telling the time correctly on the analog clock?

Am I telling the time correctly? It's two past one (1:02) It's five past one (1:05) It's a quarter past one. (1:15) It's twenty past one. (1:20) It's twenty-five past one. (1:25) It's twenty-six past ...
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How to express "since X" for an event that ended in the past?

She has been the CEO since 2000 A question on ELU explores the matter of present vs. past tense in the context of the usage of "since". The conclusions that it is much better to use the ...
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What do you call duties that take place at a specific time each week?

I want to set up a meeting with someone in the next few weeks. I want to write something like this: My only fixed-time duty in the next few weeks is a weekly Monday meeting at 4 pm. I want to express ...
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Sail through England! Narrowboat Holiday UK offers canal boats for hire for family boating holidays. Envision weekend and midweek breaks on the canals and waterways of the Yorkshire Dales, sail ...
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up to five/until five

a. The police had a list of the people who were in the building up to five o'clock. b. The police had a list of the people who were in the building until five o'clock. In which of the above sentences ...
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For <period of time> vs In <period of time> [duplicate]

I haven't seen him for 3 years. Most of the fields he'd passed in the last few weeks were bare. Why there is "for" in the first sentence whilst the last one uses "in"? Is there ...
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societies that existed before 9000 years ago

a. This book is about societies that existed up to 9000 years ago. b. This book is about societies that existed before 9000 years ago. c. This book is about societies that existed until 9000 years ago....
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Meaning of “2 days either side of the date”

Your ticket is valid for any Airtrain service on the selected dates as well as 2 days either side of your selected dates. — Airtrain FAQ Please help me with the meaning of “2 days either side of your ...
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How to talk about a week in the past?

I face difficulty in explaining a certain date, week that is in the past, how can I phrase my sentence correctly? For example, say we are in the 4th week of a month and I want to talk about an event ...
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He came to the company for less than one year

Although he came to the company for less than one year, he has learned a lot. Is this sentence correct, especially the preposition "for"? Or what preposition should I use? Assume today is ...
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(It's been a halfyear/a halfyear has passed) since

Which is correct? I think both are, but "it's been a halfyear" would be more idiomatic. Examples: It's been a halfyear since Ai went to a new language school. A halfyear has passed since ...
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What time are the "Wee Hours"? [closed]

What period of time is considered Wee Hours? From 12:00am to 05:00am?
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The past perfect tense when using time clauses

I was taking a course about time clauses when I got confused about when I should use the Past perfect tense in the main clause. According to the lesson, we should use Past Participle in the main ...
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at an earlier age than

Could one use a. He'll graduate from college earlier than all of his relatives. b. He'll graduate from college sooner than all of his relatives. c. He'll graduate from college before all of his ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct and punctuations are used correctly?

Is this sentence grammatically correct and coherent? Based on the availability of my examining committee and committee chair, Tuesday, January 17th, 1 PM - 3PM works for everyone for my candidacy ...
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the afternoon in which

They say here the next sentence is correct with "on the morning that" and incorrect with "in the morning that": (1a) Why was the old woman so happy on the morning that Peter ...
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When "that" = "which" and when "that" = "a preposition + which"?

My own sentences where "that" = "which": (1a) The forum (that) I posted this question is for English language learners. — (I know it's) incorrect (1b) The forum (that) I posted ...
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How do I write a time span in the morning or afternoon Oxford style?

I wonder if anyone knows how to write a time span in the morning or afternoon Oxford style – I have checked the Hilary term 2016 version of the Oxford Style Guide and I have searched the internet for ...
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Can "just" and "already" be used with past tense and with a specific time? [closed]

Can "just" and "already" be used with past tense and with a specific time? Example 1 I just met her five hours ago. Example 2 I already told her about the party five hours ago.
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The party caused a mess in the common area. The school asked us "to do the party elsewhere next time." - does this make sense?

Example 1 The party caused a mess in the common area. The school asked us to do the party elsewhere next time. Even though the word "ask" is past tense, what the school asked for (the part ...
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Meaning of "within a period of not more than one month preceding the date of expiry"? [closed]

I have to renew a license and the rule states that "the application has to be submitted within a period of not more than one month preceding the date of expiry". So the date of expiry is ...
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Why has the author chosen future in a clause time?

may be I'll get to you some day until then I'll keep on walking through the rain. he will play until he arrives Both are clause time, why has the author chosen future for the verb in the first ...
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The pictures I sent were horrible or the pictures I sent are horrible? Which one is correct and why?

The pictures I sent were horrible or The pictures I sent are horrible Which is correct and why? If I use "were "does it mean that in the present time the pictures are no longer horrible?
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Using "when" and "at that time" at the same time

A conjunction "when" and a phrase "at that time" seem to have similar meanings because both indicate time. Can I use both of them in one sentence like this: What did you mean when ...
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Most recent revision; latest revision; or last revision?

In official documents that are revised on a regular basis, which would be the correct/most natural phrase to use for the slot where you enter the date on which the document was last revised – "...
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Preposition for "the night before something" [closed]

Say our flight is on July 10. On July 9 at night, Stacy found her passport was expired. Is the following sentence idiomatic? At the last night before our flight, Stacy found her passport was expired. ...
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Starting date on a job advertisement

What are possibilities of indicating possible start dates in a job ad? The problem with googling is that you find what you should do as an applicant, but I want to know what I can do as an employer. ...
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Midnight in a formal context

Let's say I wrote in a message "… the deadline is Monday at 11 PM." but immediately changed my mind and decided to postpone the deadline by an hour. What should I write? "Monday at 12 ...
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How do you say time like 1:45, 2:45, 3:45...? [duplicate]

If trains leave at 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45... how would you describe this in English? I'm sure "Trains leave at every 45 minutes." is wrong, but I have no idea how to describe this.
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How to say expedite a process by two times

Let's assume that we have a process that takes 10 minutes to finish. Now, we come up with a new way that can do the process in 2 minutes. A few questions: How can we say this sentence correctly: The ...
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