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# The sale of government surplus machinery <will begin at 9

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05 Dec 2003, 06:44
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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

Which one is the correct answer?

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05 Dec 2003, 07:10
E

A, B and C are out because they use until. In D, inconsistent use of pronoun.

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05 Dec 2003, 07:41
aspire 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

Which one is the correct answer?

E is best

A is so close..but it seems to me...until wont cut it here.

i think we could use until..if we had been given a time..

until 11 pm or until noon.

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05 Dec 2003, 07:47

One more question:

Is there any rule that mentions when one should use 'until' and when one should use 'as long as'? Whats the difference between the two?

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05 Dec 2003, 08:12
You realize that this question is also here, right?
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=3274

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05 Dec 2003, 08:26
Thanks stoolfi. I did not know that the question was already asked.

I saw the link. Its a good explanation.

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