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unless or until


unless or until
please help me transform this sentence:

They will stop playing if it rains.

-> They won t .................................................... 

They won’t stop playing unless/until it rains.


2 Dec 2017      



They wont stop playing unless it rains.

2 Dec 2017     

United States

Kohai is right, but I would like to add something.
It is correct to say "They won t stop playing until it rains" if it is known, or very certain, that it is going to rain. Since the original sentence doesn t imply any certainty of rain, this wouldn t correctly transform that sentence.

3 Dec 2017     


So is it wrong if we use untl? Bruce

3 Dec 2017     

United Kingdom

tommy, if you have to choose the phrase nearest in meaning to your initial one, then unless is correct. However, as Bruce points out, the other phrase is perfectly good English; it just means something slightly different. 

3 Dec 2017