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    It was not until...

    It was ---back home after the experiment.
    A.not until midnight did he go ...
    C.not until midnight that he went...
    In the above sentence ,if we choose A. is it right?
    I have met with the following one :It was not until after I came to this country did I realize that most Americans had to work hard to earn a living just like my people in myt own country.
    Please give your comments on them.Thanks !

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    Re: It was not until...

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    It was ---back home after the experiment.
    A.not until midnight did he go ...
    C.not until midnight that he went...
    In the above sentence ,if we choose A. is it right?
    I have met with the following one :It was not until after I came to this country did I realize that most Americans had to work hard to earn a living just like my people in myt own country.
    Please give your comments on them.Thanks !
    A is incorrect, you could say "Not until midnight did he go..." It's an awkward sentence though.

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    Re: It was not until...

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    ... I have met with the following one :It was not until after I came to this country did I realize that most Americans had to work hard to earn a living just like my people in myt own country.
    The implication of bhaisahab's post is that what you've heard is wrong - though it is a fairly common* mistake.

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    *PS Particularly, it seems to me , in Irish speakers (who formed a large proportion of my teachers and colleagues at school). Perhaps there's some interference from Gaelic syntax. Is that possible, bhaisahab?
    Last edited by BobK; 10-May-2010 at 14:29. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: It was not until...

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    *PS Particularly, it seems to me , in Irish speakers (who formed a large proportion of my teachers and colleagues at school). Perhaps there's some interference from Gaelic syntax. Is that possible, bhaisahab?
    Yes, that does seem possible. I hadn't thought of it like that.

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    Re: It was not until...

    In fact it translates readily, almost word for word, into Irish.

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    Thank the two eminent teachers for their reply!

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