Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia

    • Join Date: Aug 2012
    • Posts: 1,246
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    "... until ... is appointed"



    "Deputy director Michael Morell will serve as acting head of the agency until a permanent replacement for Petraeus is appointed."

    More: David Petraeus resigns as head of CIA | Mail Online

    Do we have a specific verb tense after the word until? I have checked this site in which they say that in clauses with time words we often use present tense after until. However, neither active nor passive is mentioned. Can we say that what has been stated in that site includes active and passive voice. Thanks in advance.

  2. Grumpy's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Aug 2009
    • Posts: 891
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: "... until ... is appointed"

    Yes.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 5,317
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: "... until ... is appointed"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post


    "Deputy director Michael Morell will serve as acting head of the agency until a permanent replacement for Petraeus is appointed."


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello,


    I think that your sentence is a shorter way to say:

    Deputy director Michael Morel will serve as acting head of the agency until the president appoints a permanent

    replacement for General Petraeus.


    James

  3. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: "... until ... is appointed"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I think that your sentence is a shorter way to say: Deputy director Michael Morel will serve as acting head of the agency until the president appoints a permanent replacement for General Petraeus. James
    No. In my opinion, it is using the passive because the agent (the president) is not deemed important.

  4. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 24,998
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: "... until ... is appointed"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No. In my opinion, it is using the passive because the agent (the president) is not deemed important.
    He'll be disappointed about that!
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 17-Sep-2012, 05:23
  2. Usage of "neighbor", "neighboring", "neighbored", "nearby"
    By Fabulous_Learner in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 13-Sep-2012, 16:11
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Jul-2012, 20:53
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-Sep-2008, 09:27
  5. confusing words "expressed" or "express" and "named" or"names"
    By Dawood Usmani in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2007, 20:33

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •