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as long as Vs until - which one is better! [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2008, 05:38
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825.The sale of government surplus machinery will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the supply lasts.

(A) will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the supply lasts

(B) begins at 9 a.m., continuing until the supply lasts

(C) will begin at 9 a.m. and, until the supply lasts, will continue

(D) begins at 9 a.m. and, as long as the supply may last, it continues

(E) will begin at 9 a.m. and continue as long as the supply lasts


as long as or until - which one is better accepted in this case???
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Re: as long as Vs until - which one is better! [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2008, 06:55
E. as long as is suitable here.
With until - The sale of government surplus machinery will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the supply is finished.
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Re: as long as Vs until - which one is better! [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2008, 07:52
A is better. Continue also means as long as..
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Re: as long as Vs until - which one is better! [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2008, 07:55
Answer is E

Until is used to express a point of time in the future.
for example:
we danced untill dawn.

As long as means that one thing will occur while another thing is still true
for example:
'll stay as long as you need me. 8-)
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Re: as long as Vs until - which one is better! [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2008, 08:11
selvae wrote:
Answer is E

Until is used to express a point of time in the future.
for example:
we danced untill dawn.

As long as means that one thing will occur while another thing is still true
for example:
'll stay as long as you need me. 8-)


Good one then I guess if we use continue until is same as as long as..
but continue as long as is verbose.
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Re: as long as Vs until - which one is better! [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2008, 08:26
I'll go for E.

selvae - great explanation.
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Re: as long as Vs until - which one is better! [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2008, 08:42
Will for A.

selvae - great explanation.

But rn't v talking about only one thing here, 'supply'.
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Re: as long as Vs until - which one is better! [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2008, 21:03
I am still confused!!!

Car will run until the gas lasts.
Car will run as long as the gas lasts.

Both are same for me. If UNTIL needs a end time , the end time is "finishing of the gas".
There must be a valid reason to eliminate UNTIL.
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Re: as long as Vs until - which one is better! [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2008, 12:09
will go with E...continue as long as...seems clearer...
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Re: as long as Vs until - which one is better! [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2008, 12:11
barfer wrote:
E. as long as is suitable here.
With until - The sale of government surplus machinery will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the supply is finished.
selvae wrote:
Answer is E

Until is used to express a point of time in the future.
for example:
we danced untill dawn.

As long as means that one thing will occur while another thing is still true
for example:
'll stay as long as you need me. 8-)


Both u guys sum it up well...
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Re: as long as Vs until - which one is better! [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2011, 06:58
OA is E

"Until" denotes continuation until a stopping event triggers. ie I kept working until he told me to stop.
"As long as" is conditional and can be written to "provided that", "at the condition that" i.e. I will keep working as long as you work with me. Or the sale will continue as long as supplies last. Very subtle difference.
So "Until" is not the best choice here because there is no "triggering event" that will stop the sale.
Rather, the stop of the sale is conditional, under the condition that as soon as the supplies run out, the sale will stop.
ABC are gone for using Until.
D is useless
So it becomes E :lol:
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Re: as long as Vs until - which one is better! [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2011, 12:11
Till lasts. Not until.
here as long as is better.
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Re: as long as Vs until - which one is better! [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2011, 22:37
Please check my post: the-sale-of-government-surplus-machinery-will-begin-at-64024.html#p1022169
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