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pilarnavarro
Spain

I have a doubt ....
 
Please, could you take a look a the following sentence?
 
"She didn t realize until the following day."
 
Here comes my doubt: What would the correct question for the underlined words could be?
 
Honestly, I haven t seen many of these before.
 
Thanks for your help, as usual.

30 Apr 2011      



maryse pey
France

Hello Pilar,

In my opinion there is somthing missing in your sentence. I would have said : She didn t realize the truth / that (something had happened) until the following day. For example.
 
I think of 2 possibilities about that now :
 
1) When did she realize what had happened ?
2) Until when didn t she realize what had happened ?
 
hope this will help.
 
Good week end.

30 Apr 2011     



yanogator
United States

Maryse gave an excellent reply, although her sentence #2 does not read very smoothly. I might say "How long did it take her to realize what had happened?"
 
Although her sentence #2 is a little awkward, it is probably the best way to prompt the students to use the word "until".
 
Bruce

30 Apr 2011     



aliciapc
Uruguay

Bruce s sounds correct to me. I d even add ... "did it take for her to realize ..." Could this be possible , Bruce ?

30 Apr 2011     



pilarnavarro
Spain

Thanks for your help :)

30 Apr 2011     



yanogator
United States

Yes, Alicia, we say it with or without "for".
 
Bruce

30 Apr 2011     



aliciapc
Uruguay

Thank you !

30 Apr 2011