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    till I am done

    Which is correct:

    1-Wait for an hour till I am done.

    2-Wait for an hour, till I am done.

    I will be finished in an hour. Wait till I am done.

    I would think logically one should opt for "2", since "till I am finished" is simply telling us something about "an hour". But I am not sure people would pronounce that sentence with a pause there.

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    #2

    Re: till I am done

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which is correct:

    1-Wait for an hour till I am done.

    2-Wait for an hour, till I am done.

    I will be finished in an hour. Wait till I am done.

    I would think logically one should opt for "2", since "till I am finished" is simply telling us something about "an hour". But I am not sure people would pronounce that sentence with a pause there.

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    I don't find either one natural.

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    Re: till I am done

    I wouldn't write either and I wouldn't say either.
    When writing don't use "till", use "until" - "Wait for an hour until I am done."

    If I was speaking then I'd usually contract everything (including "I am")
    "Wait for an hour till I'm done."

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    Re: till I am done

    I don't think I would be likely to use both in one sentence. I would either say:

    - Wait till/until I'm done.
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    - Wait for an hour.

    I might say "Wait till/until I'm done - I'll be about an hour" or something similar.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: till I am done

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    But I am not sure people would pronounce that sentence with a pause there.
    I wouldn't in most contexts.

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