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    Is the sentence right or not?

    I saw a sentence recently:



    The young couple were very happy until they used up all their money.




    I think the sentence is wrong and the correct saying should be the following_______


    The young couple were very depressed until they used up all their money.





    Q: Am I right Thank you for your help


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    Re: Is the sentence right or not?

    The young couple were very happy until they used up all their money.
    那对年青夫妇直到花光了所有的钱才沮丧起来。


    I wonder if this sentence doesn't make sense.

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    Re: Is the sentence right or not?

    Daruma
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    Hello,do you know "中文"?
    Yes, I felt that sentence is very weird and I felt quite surprised originally!!!

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    Re: Is the sentence right or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by dodonaomik View Post
    I saw a sentence recently:



    The young couple were very happy until they used up all their money.




    I think the sentence is wrong and the correct saying should be the following_______


    The young couple were very depressed until they used up all their money.





    Q: Am I right Thank you for your help
    Are you understanding the word "until" correctly? "They were X until they were Y" means that first they experienced X, then something happened which changed how they felt.

    They were happy.
    Then they used up all their money.
    They were happy until they used up their money.

    They were depressed because they had no money.
    Then they found a lot of money.
    They were depressed until they had a lot of money.

    It doesn't make sense they that would be depressed while they had money, then use it all up, and then be happy.


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    Re: Is the sentence right or not?

    The young couple were very happy until they used up all their money.


    I think the sentence is wrong and the correct saying should be the following_______


    The young couple were very depressed until they used up all their money.
    Barb_D is right. The original is perfect and completely sensible. The logic of the second is completely reversed and demonstrates that the OP doesn't quite have a solid grip on the use of the word until.

    1. They had money; they were happy.
    2. At some point, they used up all their money, and so had no more money left.
    3. At that point, they became depressed due to their lack of money.

    Until suggests there has been a change in condition–something changed at that point. At the point their original condition of having money changed to one of having no money, their original condition of happiness changed to one of depression.

    Although it has nothing to do with the original question and will no doubt have the Brits in a Category 5 tizzy, it's worth noting that most Americans would probably say "The young couple was..." The word couple can be considered a singular noun when used with this meaning. The logic is that it doesn't simply refer to two people; it refers to a group of two people in a romantic relationship.

    Greg
    Last edited by dragn; 14-Jun-2009 at 05:31.

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