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navi tasan

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Is there any difference between:
1-I was waiting till they left to open the gifts.
and:
2-I was waiting till after they left to open the gifts.
 

Steven D

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navi tasan said:
Is there any difference between:
1-I was waiting till they left to open the gifts.
and:
2-I was waiting till after they left to open the gifts.

No, not really.

If we take a closer look at it, we might be able to see a difference. However, there really isn't any practical difference. Both sentences mean that you didn't want to open the gifts until they were gone.

till after they left - at any time that they are no longer present

till they left - immediately after - soon after - at the point that they left - and at any time that they are no longer present

So, once again, I say they both mean the same thing. There's just a small semantical difference, as I see it, that really doesn't matter.
 

blacknomi

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navi tasan said:
Is there any difference between:
1-I was waiting till they left to open the gifts.
and:
2-I was waiting till after they left to open the gifts.
I love this one. :-D

Thank you, X Mode.
 
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