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    until recently and in/at

    Dear teachers,


    I have two questions to ask:

    No. 1
    In the sentence “I had a busy day at the office". Can I say in the office’? If I can’t could you please tell me what’s the difference between the two?


    No.2
    The sentence “ He has been ill until recently” means he was ill some time ago but he has recovered. Is that right? And what about the expression “ Not until recently”? I should say “ Not until recently was he ill” which means he began to feel ill a short while ago and he is still ill. Is that right?






    Looking forward to hearing from you.



    Thank you in advance.



    Jiang

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    Re: until recently and in/at

    Either at or in. Both are acceptable:

    1) I had a busy day at the office/in the office.


    until sounds odd coupled with recently.

    2) He has been ill recently.

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    Re: until recently and in/at


    Dear Casiopea,
    Thank you very much for your reply. The problem is that my examples were taken from the textbook and a dictionary. Maybe they are such cases but they are rarely used as you said.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Either at or in. Both are acceptable:

    1) I had a busy day at the office/in the office.


    until sounds odd coupled with recently.

    2) He has been ill recently.

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