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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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17 May 2009, 13:58
E. The meaning implies the future event. "as long as" is idiomatic.
trainspotting 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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17 May 2009, 15:45
trainspotting 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

"until supplies last" doesn't make sense, so A, B, & C are out; D is somewhat wordy, & I think it changes the meaning of the sentence by changing the tense (from 'will begin' to 'begins'); so I'll go with (E).
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17 May 2009, 17:01
IMO E. In this context, future tense is most suitable. Besides, continue as long as the supply lasts seems better in describing an continuous action rather than until

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 --> best
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06 Mar 2011, 06:57
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
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