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    Hanka is offline Senior Member
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    Default Until/when

    Hello,

    could you please explain the meaning of the words "until" and "when" used in the following sentence:

    Until/when consumer credit surges too much and bank puts on curb, Dollar looks set to stay at a good level.

    In my opinion, "until" means "if a thing does not happen" and "when" means "if a thing happens", but is it then possible to use those expressions together as in the above sentence?

    Thank you very much!

    Hanka

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Until- this places the surge in the future
    When- this implies that the surge is a repeated event and is a statement of fact. I'm also not sure of the logic- if the banks put a curb on things, will that make the dollar stay at a good level?

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