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# The sale of machinery

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17 Mar 2008, 18:33
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

I was wondering why A isn't correct. The explanation I got was that until cannot be used here. But that doesn't seem right to me.
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17 Mar 2008, 18:50
Yes I think it's E.
A says that the sale will continue until the supply lasts. It shoud've been until the supply is over. if the supply lasts the sale will continue. That's exactly what E says.
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17 Mar 2008, 22:06
moni77 wrote:
Yes I think it's E.
A says that the sale will continue until the supply lasts. It shoud've been until the supply is over. if the supply lasts the sale will continue. That's exactly what E says.
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I do not agree with moni77. The answer shd have been A...
'as long as ' can be substituted for until and both mean the same ...Infact E is wordy.
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18 Mar 2008, 05:27
Seems to be a matter of idiomatic expression. Can we substitute "until" with as long as and vice versa?
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06 Mar 2011, 06:59
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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15 Mar 2011, 20:43
jjaspirant 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

I was wondering why A isn't correct. The explanation I got was that until cannot be used here. But that doesn't seem right to me.

have a look @ http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-sentence-correction/3673-until-vs-as-long-as.html#post14556
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