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    #1

    Question before or until?

    There is a passage with some blanks to fill in with proper words.

    The passage is mainly about a veterinarian who always felt hard to comfort the pet owners after performing the euthanasia of pets. But once after he again performed one on a dog, a four-year- old boy's words, to his feeling, were really comforting.

    Here is the extract of the passage, where I feel confused about the option of two words for a blank.

    "...Making this final decision is painful, and I have often felt powerless to comfort the sad owners. But that was ________ I met Shane.(referring to that little boy who later said comforting words)"

    A. before B. until

    The answer is "before", then isn't "until" right in the sentence? Thanks for your reply!

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    #2

    Re: before or until?

    Informally, natives would accept either, but 'before' is the more standard choice in this instance.

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