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    "... until ... is appointed"



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

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    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.

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

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

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    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."


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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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