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  1. Newbie
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    I was up till late

    Is "I was up till late" correct? and is it equal "I was up all night"?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: I was up till late

    Quote Originally Posted by Jellybeans8 View Post
    Is "I was up till late" correct? and is it equal "I was up all night"?
    Thanks in advance.
    Yes, it's correct, but the two don't mean the same.

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    #3

    Re: I was up till late

    Quote Originally Posted by Jellybeans8 View Post
    Is "I was up till late" correct? and is it equal "I was up all night"?
    Thanks in advance.
    Don’t we have a comparison here? Shouldn’t we use equal to, please?


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    #4

    Re: I was up till late

    Yes.

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    #5

    Re: I was up till late

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, it's correct, but the two don't mean the same.
    I'm surprised to read this.

    I would say "I was up late" or "I was up until/till midnight (1 am, 11 pm, whatever)."

    The "till' would requires a specific time, not a general "late."

    I can imagine saying "I was up till... oh geez, I don't know... late, anyway... and feel like I've been run over this morning."
    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 was up till late

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm surprised to read this.

    I would say "I was up late" or "I was up until/till midnight (1 am, 11 pm, whatever)."

    The "till' would requires a specific time, not a general "late."

    I can imagine saying "I was up till... oh geez, I don't know... late, anyway... and feel like I've been run over this morning."
    It sounds very natural to me, Barb.

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    #7

    Re: I was up till late

    And to me. There are quite a few citations in both the BNC and COCA for "till late"

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    #8

    Re: I was up till late

    The list of how things on different sides of the Atlantci sound natural or unnatural continues to grow!
    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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    #9

    Re: I was up till late

    Actually, I also use "was up till late". It may be regional in the US.

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    #10

    Re: I was up till late

    I'm with Barb on this one.

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