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# The sale of government surplus machinery will begin at 9

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1. 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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16 Oct 2004, 00:21
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E it is
"until" denotes continuation of an action until a triggering event happens
ie The subject was unclear until he explained it to me
"as long as" is equivalent to "provided that", "at the condition that"
ie I will go home as long as you come with me
ie The sale will continue as long as supplies last
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16 Oct 2004, 09:51
E sounded good to my hear and 'until' seemed incorrect. Paul, your explanation is great. Thanks.
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17 Oct 2004, 11:03
vote for E, "until supply lasts" doesn't sound right...
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17 Oct 2004, 16:28
I was also between A and E.

Paul, dont you think that the lasting of supply is the triggering event here.
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17 Oct 2004, 18:18
It is either A or E, and I choose E. Fast food company
usually says "while the quantity lasts" during a promotion
, not "until the quantity lasts". This makes me go to E.

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17 Oct 2004, 23:33
OA is E

Thanks Paul for explanation....convinnced me
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18 Aug 2011, 07:44
+1 E

"until" is used when there is a specific period of time.
For instance: "until doom' s day"; "until 1999", etc.
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18 Aug 2011, 07:56
+1 for E.

If you are a software/IT guy you can think of

until as a " for loop" (continue till the specific time/duration)
"as long as" as a "while loop" (while the condition is true, continue)

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18 Aug 2011, 09:02
crick20002002 wrote:
+1 for E.

If you are a software/IT guy you can think of

until as a " for loop" (continue till the specific time/duration)
"as long as" as a "while loop" (while the condition is true, continue)

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Good analogy, however you can always have for loop ending on some condition....
for(;(X==0);)
hope it doesn't break the foundation of Untill Vs 'As Long As'
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18 Aug 2011, 18:20
is 'continue'correct in E? shouldn't it be continues?

What's the source of this question??
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schandok wrote:
is 'continue'correct in E? shouldn't it be continues?

What's the source of this question??

continue refers to will -> "...and (will) continue..."
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