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    until + time adverbial

    I have a sentence like this: He didn't come until 10 p.m. Now, I know that it means that he came around 10 p.m. What I don't know is, can it also mean that he came sometimes after 10 p.m.? Say at 11 p.m. or maybe even later?

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    Re: until + time adverbial

    No.

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    Re: until + time adverbial

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    I have a sentence like this: He didn't come until 10 p.m. Now, I know that it means that he came around 10 p.m. What I don't know is, can it also mean that he came sometimes after 10 p.m.? Say at 11 p.m. or maybe even later?
    No. "He didn't come until 10 pm." means that he arrived at 10pm, not around 10pm.

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    Re: until + time adverbial

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No. "He didn't come until 10 pm." means that he arrived at 10pm, not around 10pm.
    Thank you. I shouldn't have used "around" so loosely. What I meant was that he did not necessarily arrived at 10 p.m. on the dot; That is, that he arrived at 10 p.m. give or take a minute or two. Is that correct?

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    Re: until + time adverbial

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Thank you. I shouldn't have used "around" so loosely. What I meant was that he did not necessarily arrived at 10 p.m. on the dot; That is, that he arrived at 10 p.m. give or take a minute or two. Is that correct?
    That's possible, yes.

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    Re: until + time adverbial

    Well, the sentence tells us that he arrived at 10 pm. We have no reason to assume that 'around 10 pm' or 'a minute or two before or after 10 pm' was meant, when it wasn't said.

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