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    Even though the doctor told him smoking was deleterious to his health, he didn't quit until just before he died.
    I'd like to know if it means "he died as a result of not giving up smoking".

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    Even though the doctor told him smoking was deleterious to his health, he didn't quit until just before he died.
    I'd like to know if it means "he died as a result of not giving up smoking".
    The sentence does not say that. In fact, it does not even imply that. We may infer it, but that's a different thing.

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    Default Re: until just before

    Sure. Maybe he finally kicked the habit and the next month he was killed crossing the street by a drunk driver. Or trampled at a Who concert. Or shot by a bank robber.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Thanks.
    Actually how he was killed and why doen't matter. The important thing is whether he quit or not before his death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    Thanks.
    Actually how he was killed and why doen't matter. The important thing is whether he quit or not before his death.
    He did.

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