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    Question until + future forms

    Could you please tell me whether any of the following sentences is correct?

    1) Tim's already 18 and that it's only a few months UNTIL he WILL BE LEAVING home for school.
    2) Tim's already 18 and that it's only a few months UNTIL he WILL LEAVE home for school.
    3) Tim's already 18 and that it's only a few months UNTIL he LEAVES home for school.

    The person who posted the sentences on a Polish forum concerning issues on the English language insists that they are perfect. Well, I don't know. And besides, do the sentences make any sense?

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    Re: until + future forms

    I'm having a difficult time interpreting the sentences. The underlined portion is awkward.

    1) Tim's already 18 and that it's only a few months UNTIL he WILL BE LEAVING home for school.

    2) Tim's already 18 and that it's only a few months UNTIL he WILL LEAVE home for school.

    3) Tim's already 18 and that it's only a few months UNTIL he LEAVES home for school.

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    Wink Re: until + future forms

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    I'm having a difficult time interpreting the sentences.
    So was I. The point is that I can't guess whether they represent any kind of a noun clause, or a time clause, or whatever. They seem to have really been made up just like that, without any grammatical point taken into.
    Besides, what's his (Tim's) age got to do with leaving home for school in a few months? There's no way I can get it.
    Thanks Casiopea.

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    Re: until + future forms

    In that case, delete relative that and 3) is the best choice grammatically. With additional context, it could also be semantically meaningful:

    3) Tim's already 18 and it's only a few months UNTIL he LEAVES home for school.

    Does that help?

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    Re: until + future forms

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    In that case, delete relative that and 3) is the best choice grammatically. With additional context, it could also be semantically meaningful:

    3) Tim's already 18 and it's only a few months UNTIL he LEAVES home for school.

    Does that help?
    Absolutely! Strangely enough, I was beginning to think the same way!
    Thank you so much.

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    Re: until + future forms

    You're most welcome.

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