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    Hello,

    in my exercise book I've found the following sentence:

    Sam used to get home at half past five, but since he started his own firm, he doesn't get home until seven.

    I think, that "until" sounds really odd. I would rather use "before" instead of "until". Is there a error in the book, or is there a misunderstanding of me?

    Thanks for your help in advance,

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    Default Re: Is this sentence really correct?

    I don't think that's wrong. I do agree in that it may sound somewhat odd. In any case, if you replaced until with before the meaning it would convey is pretty much the same, right?

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    It doesn't sound particularly strange to me; is it a British English textbook?

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    Default Re: Is this sentence really correct?

    It's in my exercise book of distance learning by Hamburger Akademie

    But now another question.

    In my book stays that you can say "On Sundays he will stay in bed" instead of "On Sundays he stays in bed".

    Is "will" often use in that case?

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    It can be- it's a way of showing that you disapprove and think he could use his Sundays more productively.

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    Thanks a lot for your help

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