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# The sale of government surplus machinery will begin at 9

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27 May 2009, 21:07
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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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28 May 2009, 02:12
Choice is between A and E. I will prefer A.

What is the OA? Can someone tell me what is wrong with A if it is incorrect. TIA
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28 May 2009, 19:07
nightwing79 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

OA is E.

Perhaps A is E is better than A because A would require will?

A. will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until the supply lasts

Anybody else with more clarity on this?
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28 May 2009, 19:46
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Neah later I realized that as long as is more appropriate here.

I cant think of correct reason but until does seem right here...

May be this will help

We use until when the activity continues throughout the period up to the time limit:

I'll be here until five o'clock.

Until may be used for definite time say 11 am etc while our intention here is to get something which conveys that sale will continue as long as we have inventory.

I will try to providing better reasoning later.
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28 May 2009, 20:05
hemantsood wrote:
Neah later I realized that as long as is more appropriate here.

I cant think of correct reason but until does seem right here...

May be this will help

We use until when the activity continues throughout the period up to the time limit:

I'll be here until five o'clock.

Until may be used for definite time say 11 am etc while our intention here is to get something which conveys that sale will continue as long as we have inventory.

I will try to providing better reasoning later.

No I think you've hit the nail. Time vs quantity - should've thought of that.
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