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    Until/ till at the begining of a sentence

    Hi,

    Is the use of until/till at the beginning of a sentence as in the following sentence common?

    Until when are we going to stay in this state of affairs?

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    Re: Until/ till at the begining of a sentence

    I believe that it is better to start asking this question with "How long".
    How long are we...

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    Re: Until/ till at the begining of a sentence

    Thanks.

    Is 'how long' appropriate, if I am expecting a date as the answer?


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    Re: Until/ till at the begining of a sentence

    No, I don't think so. For your sentence I believe it is better to use:

    'for how long...'

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    Re: Until/ till at the begining of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Is the use of until/till at the beginning of a sentence as in the following sentence common?

    Until when are we going to stay in this state of affairs?

    Thanks,

    MG.
    I would say that in the U.S. this would be perfectly acceptable. In your sentence it tends to indicate a bit of frustration at the slow pace with which something is unfolding. To emphasize this you might say "Until exactly when..." I would agree, however, that "for how long..." might be a more common expression.

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