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    Dear Teachers,

    Do I always need to use the Past Perfect after until as in (1)? Is sentence (2) also correct although it does not emphasize the order of events to the same extent as (1)?

    (1) We didn't talk until we had eaten the whole meal.

    (2) We didn't talk until we ate the whole meal.


    Thank you for your help,

    4ania4
    Last edited by 4ania4; 07-Jun-2013 at 04:11. Reason: correcting a spelling mistake in "extent"

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    Re: until

    They both sound correct to me.

    Number 1 is the more proper way to say it. Number 2 is the normal, conversational way.

    They both mean the exact same thing to me.

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    #3

    Re: until

    Note that EnglishFix is American. In British and Australian English we'd generally prefer 1, but 2 is not wrong.

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