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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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16 Mar 2006, 06:23
vivek123 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 [Correct]
(B) begins at 9 a.m., continuing until the supply lasts ['continuing' is wrong]
(C) will begin at 9 a.m. and, until the supply lasts, will continue [Awkward]
(D) begins at 9 a.m. and, as long as the supply may last, it continues [I think 'it' is not a clear reference]
(E) will begin at 9 a.m. and continue as long as the supply lasts [I am not sure whether it is wrong or not. Structure of sentence seems ok to me.
However I would prefer A over E]

So IMO A is the correct option.
Hey Vivek, Is there any trap?
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16 Mar 2006, 07:06
I will go for E.

A would be right had it been 'untill supply finishes' or 'till supply lasts'
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16 Mar 2006, 09:19
E it should be.
This SC was discussed few days back in the forum.
E is clear and concise.
'until' is used to denote a time limit.
The correct statement would have been -
- will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.
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16 Mar 2006, 10:34
Good explanation shailu!

Yes, it is solved here too.
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=27307
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16 Mar 2006, 19:52
I knew there must be some trap.
Anyways one more important lesson noted down.
Thanks Vivek for reposting this SC.

Regards,
Brajesh
16 Mar 2006, 19:52
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