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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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2011, 05:11
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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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Re: Another SC [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2011, 06:14
So vicious of them ! There is clearly no colloquial difference between A and E - until / as long as.

until = upto a time

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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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Re: Another SC [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2011, 16:08
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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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Re: The sale of government surplus machinery will begin at 9 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2014, 12:00
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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