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  1. Anonymous
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    by and until

    what is difference between by and until
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    Re: by and until

    Quote Originally Posted by Hank
    what is difference between by and until
    Thank you
    'by' is used when not later than the time mentioned; before

    e.g. Can you finish the work by six o'clock?

    'until/till' is used when up to the point in time or the event mentioned.

    e.g. Let's wait until someone answers. :wink:

  2. Susie Smith
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    Re: by and until

    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by Hank
    what is difference between by and until
    Thank you
    'by' is used when not later than the time mentioned; before

    e.g. Can you finish the work by six o'clock?

    'until/till' is used when up to the point in time or the event mentioned.

    e.g. Let's wait until someone answers. :wink:
    by + a time means "not later than"
    e. g. You must be home by midnight.

    You cannot use until with this meaning.
    Call me by 3 o'clock. NOT Call me until/till 3 o'clock.

    Something continues until a time in the future.
    e. g. I will stay up until you get home.

    Something happens by a time in the future.
    e. g. I will have gone to bed by the time you get home.

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