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Last Updated: May 06, 2015     Views: 1

We use before or after to talk about an event happening earlier or later than another event.

e.g.: I put on my coat before I went out.

The message arrived after I'd left.

We can often use either until or before when a situation continues to happen up to a time indicated in the adverbial clause.

e.g.: I had to wait six weeks until/before the parcel arrived.

We use until to talk about an action that continues to a particular time and then stops.

e.g.: They sat on the beach until the sun sank below the horizon, and then they went home.


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