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# The sale of government surplus machinery will begin at 9

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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

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11 Mar 2011, 07:14
So vicious of them ! There is clearly no colloquial difference between A and E - until / as long as.

until = upto a time

whichscore wrote:
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

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use of until is wrong here
u can refer to this thread to know about correct usage of "until"
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until suggest abrupt trigger to stop an ongoing event whereas as long as suggest something ended over a period of time.

Thus as sales will continue over a period of time and stop automatically when stock will be over we should use as long as here.
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All choices eliminated except A & E. I chose A .

Digging further into this topic, I understood the following usage of Until VS As long As :

Until : refers to a point in time, deadline. The activity will STOP when that moment occurs.

So,The sale will stop the moment supply ends >> The sale will continue until the supply ends (and not lasts)

As long as : denotes "While", the activity will endure only during the moment (not before or after).

Accordingly, the sentence above implies that the sale will continue as long as the supply lasts (which means sale will continue only while supply is there, not after the supply is finished
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17 Jun 2016, 22:00
i think
until+point of time
as long as+ period of time

so e is better here.

is this from gmatprep? hard one
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17 Jun 2016, 22:07
whichscore wrote:
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

hard,
after until we need a point of time which is presented by a time mark (3 .p.m.) or a clause. this clause show an action having ending point
I will speak until you come. action "come" have ending point

as long as need to be followed by a condition which is presented by a clause. as long as mean "if"

so using our common sense, we choose e, not a.
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