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    Until that is, we did our sums

    A couple moved into their new home. Facing lots of renovations, they decided to call in the experts (to help them renovate this house). "Unitl that is, we did our sums. DIY seemed our only hope."

    Here, I don't understand "until that is".
    I know this sentence means “Until we did our sums, we found DIY was our best choice.”
    But, what does "that is" mean?

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    Re: Until that is, we did our sums

    Quote Originally Posted by registered View Post
    I know this sentence means “Until we did our sums, we found DIY was our best choice.”
    It doesn't. They decided to call in the experts until they did their sums. After they had done their sums,, they realised that DIY seemed their only hope.
    Last edited by Piscean; 05-Mar-2016 at 04:09. Reason: typo

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    Re: Until that is, we did our sums

    I think the sentence sounds better if the word order is reversed:

    A couple moved into their new home. Facing
    the need to do lots of renovations, they decided to call in the experts (to help them renovate this house). That is, until they did their sums. DIY seemed to be their only hope.

    Why is that "their" becomes "our".

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Until that is, we did our sums

    In any case, there must be a comma after 'Until' in the original. "Until, that is, we did our sums." It's an interpolation.
    "Until, I should say, we did our sums."
    "Until, in fact, we did our sums."

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    Re: Until that is, we did our sums

    The original text is a bit of mess.

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    Re: Until that is, we did our sums

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In any case, there must be a comma after 'Until' in the original. "Until, that is, we did our sums." It's an interpolation.
    "Until, I should say, we did our sums."
    "Until, in fact, we did our sums."
    Thanks! I wanted to give you a "like" and a "thank", but there was no response for my click... So, i can only thank you in this way. Thanks.

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    Re: Until that is, we did our sums

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