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    scott833 is offline Senior Member
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    How long can this vegetable be kept before it turn bad/before it spoils?

    1) How long can this vegetable be kept before it turn bad/before it spoils?
    2) How long can this vegetables last before they run out/sold out?

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    Re: How long can this vegetable be kept before it turn bad/before it spoils?

    Quote Originally Posted by scott833 View Post
    1) How long can this vegetable be kept before it turnS bad/before it spoils?
    I think a subjunctive here would sound a bit precious. You could use the alternative verbs 'goes bad' or 'goes off'.
    2) How long can* [I think 'will' would be more likely] thEsE** vegetables last before they run out/soldELL out?
    *The verb 'can' puts the focus on possibility; so if stock's running down you might say 'they can only last for another few days at the most'.

    **Have you seen the book Ship or Sheep? The different vowel in the plural affects the final consonant as well: /ğɪs/ singular, but plural /ği:z/ .

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