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    I need to understand this statement please!!

    We'll stay in the house until the rain ----
    a- stop.
    b- stopped.
    c- will stop.
    d- stops.


    The correct answer is stops ...but, why?



    thank you

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    #2

    Re: I need to understand this statement please!!

    Quote Originally Posted by yasmein View Post
    We'll stay in the house until the rain ----
    a- stop.
    b- stopped.
    c- will stop.
    d- stops.


    The correct answer is stops ...but, why?



    thank you
    So they don't get wet. What do you think the answer should be?

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    Re: I need to understand this statement please!!

    The answer is stops.
    We'll stay in the house until the rain stops.
    But, why( stops) don't (stop,stopped, or will stop)?
    Last edited by yasmein; 03-Aug-2012 at 00:43.

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    Re: I need to understand this statement please!!

    It is a grammatical rule. when there is future tense,you cannot use past tense (stopped). you cannot use "stop" ,as "the rain" is an uncountable noun. you have to add -s suffix to the end of "stop". Now, there is only one choice other than the right answer. It is "will stop". It is not only grammatically false but also it is semantically false. You have to use simple present tense in a sentence like this

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    #5

    Re: I need to understand this statement please!!

    It's 3rd person singular, not plural, so it's stops and not stop.
    It in the future, not the past, no it's stops and not stopped.
    We use the present tense to show future after "until."
    Last edited by Barb_D; 03-Aug-2012 at 02:15.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: I need to understand this statement please!!



    thanks a lot for everyone replied my question



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    Re: I need to understand this statement please!!

    Quote Originally Posted by yasmein View Post


    Thanks a lot to everyone who replied to my question.


    There is no need send your thanks in a separate post, yasmein.

    A click on the Like button is all that is necessary.

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    Re: I need to understand this statement please!!

    In adverb clauses of time, we never use "will" to talk about the future time. So the rule is true for clauses starting with "when, as soon as, the moment, etc" .In these clauses.\, the present perfect is sometimes used, which emphasises a time gap between the event in the main clause and that in the time clause: "We'll stay in the house untill the rain has stopped" is also correct.

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    #9

    Re: I need to understand this statement please!!

    Quote Originally Posted by winnie22 View Post
    It is a grammatical rule. w When there is future tense,spaceyou cannot use past tense (stopped). yYou cannot use "stop"no space,spaceas "the rain" is an uncountable noun. y You have to add -s suffix to the end of "stop".
    As you are an English teacher, people expect that your responses will be models of sound English. Please start your sentences with a capital letter. Leave a space after punctuation marks, not before them.
    Now, there is only one choice other than the right answer. It is "will stop". It is not only grammatically false but also it is semantically false.
    I don't know quite what you mean by that.
    You have to use simple present tense in a sentence like this.
    No, you don't. The present simple is the only option available from those given, but the present perfect is also possible. The present continuous is unlikely here, but it's possible in other sentences.

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