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    #1

    before the date

    Hello,

    I've got a test question which reads

    "The expiry date is on the back. It is the date ____ which you can use the gift voucher".

    a. until
    b. before

    Is b unacceptable?

    Thank you.

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    Re: before the date

    An expiry date usually means that you can use something up to and including a certain date.

    If a gift voucher has an expiry date of 31st January 2012, you can use it right up until 23:59hrs on 31st January 2012.

    On that basis, "before" is incorrect. In order to use it "before 31st January 2012" you would have to use it by 23:59hrs on 30th January 2012.

    "Until which" would suggest any date including the expiry date.

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    Re: before the date

    Thank you. It's clear now. But as for foodstuffs and their best before dates, is "until" the wrong preposition? If the best before date on a carton of eggs reads 31 Jan, doI have to use them before or until 31 Jan?

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    Re: before the date

    In 'best before', 'before' means before.

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    Re: before the date

    Hello there. I think it's quite a weird sentence you have in your test. Cause for me both variants are wrong. And I'm the native speaker after all.
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    Re: before the date

    Quote Originally Posted by Morton88 View Post
    Hello there. I think it's quite a weird sentence you have in your test., Cbecause for me both variants are wrong. And I'm the native speaker after all.
    The native speaker?

    What do you think is wrong with "The expiry date is on the back. It is the date until which you can use the gift voucher"?

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