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    Not untill then could - How to use it? What is the meaning?
    thanks for your answer.

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    Re: Not untill then could - How to use it? What is the meaning?

    A better idea would be for you to use it in a sentence, and for us to have a look at it for you.

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    Re: Not untill then could - How to use it? What is the meaning?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Goodafter Noon:

    I have made up two sentences that might help you get its meaning.

    1. In 1920, the Constitution of the United States was changed for the 19th time. Not until then [1920] could women vote for the country's leaders. They could not vote before 1920.

    2. Mona had a big personal secret. She was afraid to tell her parents. When she became 18, she left home to attend college (the university). Not until then [when she left home] could / did she tell her parents.

    *****

    Here is a quotation from one source:

    "Not until the 1990s did dictionaries [that were] published in digital form become a more common phenomenon, and not until then [the 1990s] could one really start talking about electronic dictionaries." -- law exploriers.com (accessed through Google "books").


    P.S. As you know, "could" is the past tense of "can." I have made up this sentence.

    If you want to speak English fluently, you must keep speaking until you speak English without first thinking in your first language. Not until then [when you no longer think in your first language] can you call yourself fluent in English.

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    Re: Not untill then could - How to use it? What is the meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goodafter Noon View Post
    How to use it?
    I would use 'How should I' or 'How can I' instead of 'How to' in a question, but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Not until then [when you no longer think in your first language] can you call yourself fluent in English.
    I think learners like me can hardly call themselves fluent in English.

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