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    joham is offline Key Member
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    before and until

    This was one of China's 2005 university admission examination questions (for Shanddong Province):
    It was some time ______ we realized the truth.
    A. when B. until C. since D. before
    The given answer was 'until', but I would think 'before' works as well. Am I right? My reason comes from:

    Martin Hewings' ADVANCED GRAMMAR IN USE (2005 edition, Cambridge), unit 79:
    We had to wait six weeks until/ before the parcel arrived.
    It wasn't long before/until he was appointed Professor of Chemistry.

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    Smile Re: before and until

    Both of these work ideally in the sentence you were given. 'Before' and 'until' have slightly different meanings, but overall their effect is identical.

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