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    Use of Ubtil

    Hi All,

    Can you please review the following sentence for the use of 'Until'?

    ' In Jan 2003, MDC and Royal agreed not to compete with each other in their existing businesses UNTIL five years after MDC ceased to own 25% shares of Royal.

    I am not sure about the clause after 'until'.

    Thanks,

    Eagle.

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    Re: Use of Ubtil

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi All,

    Can you please review the following sentence for the use of 'Until'?

    ' In Jan 2003, MDC and Royal agreed not to compete with each other in their existing businesses UNTIL five years after MDC ceased to own 25% shares of Royal.

    I am not sure about the clause after 'until'.

    Thanks,

    Eagle.
    "Until" means "up to/before a specified time". In this case, the two entities cannot compete before a time 5 years after the specified condition.

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    Re: Use of Ubtil

    MikeNewYork,

    Thanks.

    I understand the meaning of the sentence. But, I am not sure whehter I should write
    'until five year after MDC ceased to own 25% shares of Royal'
    or ' until five years after MDC ceases to own 25% shares of Royal.

    Can you please explain?

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    Re: Use of Ubtil

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    MikeNewYork,

    Thanks.

    I understand the meaning of the sentence. But, I am not sure whehter I should write
    'until five year after MDC ceased to own 25% shares of Royal'
    or ' until five years after MDC ceases to own 25% shares of Royal.

    Can you please explain?
    I would use "ceases". Even though the agreement is in the past, the ceasing will be in the present when one gets to that time.

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