Using Until in English, Example Sentences with Until

Using Until in English, Example Sentences with Until


Using Until

In this lesson we will see how to using until. ‘Until’ is used to indicate whether another event will take place until an event occurs. The sentence after the word ‘Until’ is the sentence that expresses the process and takes the suffix to ‘until’.

Until use in the middle: (Action to continue) + (until) + (until done)

  • Jesica wait for you here until you get back.

Originally Used: (Until) + (until done) + (,) + (action to continue)

  • Until the film is finished, I can talk.

Until related sentences are as follows:

  • You will work until the session starts.
  • Tom wait until the television is opened. .
  • Until the Billy is come, don’t eat.

We use From… to / until / till when giving the start and end time of an event or situation. For example:

  • She read the magazine from 10:30 to 12:30.
  • She read the magazine from 9:30 until / till 10:30.
  • She washed the knife from 5:00 to 8:00.
  • She washed the knife from 5:00 until / till 10:00.
  • She played basketball from 11:00 to 12:00.
  • She played basketball from 11:00 until / till 12:00.

If we want an action to take place within a certain time period (it should not exceed that time), we use by instead of until. For example:

  • You can keep the laptop until Monday.
  • This notebook muts go back to the my home by Thursday.
  • The movie goes on until 10:30.

Differences Between By and Until

The words by and until can both mean to but the two words don’t mean the same thing and there are significant differences between them. For example;

  • They will stay here until the snow stops.
  • You will finish the report by 7.

The difference between these two is this; If it indicates an event that continues up to a point, you should use ‘until’. For example, when you say “Until snow stops”, there is a meaning that the snow will constantly fall to a certain point in the future. However, if you specify the end point or an end point where an action can take place in the future and there is no continuing situation in the middle, you should use ‘by’.

Now that you know the difference between the words ‘by’ and ‘until’, we would like to mention two more important situations that you will encounter in daily life. The word ’till’ and the phrase ‘by the time‘.

Let’s start with the word ’till’. People whose native language is English in daily life frequently use the word ’till’ instead of ‘until’, and if you encounter this word for the first time, you may be confused. The word ’till’ actually has the same meaning as the word ’till’ and is just abbreviated. When you encounter this word, you can think of it as the word ‘until’.

Let’s look at the phrase ‘by the time’. In some cases, the last point where something can be done can be an action, and the expression ‘by the time’ is very useful in this case. Let me explain what we mean by example because it may not have been clear this way. For example:


Let’s take a look at the sentence “We closed the market until we left”. No time is specified here, and the last point is “our departure”. In this case, you may think that the expression ‘by the time’ means until the moment the action takes place. Let’s look at another sentence. For example;

  • The thief escaped from the house until the police arrived. (No time, day or date is specified here, an action is stated: “Until the police arrive.)

In this case, you can use ‘by the time’. Here, the phrase get away means a phrasal verb, which means to escape. Let’s take a look at another example and say, “My presentation is over until you call.” Let’s examine the expression. Here you can still use “by the time”.

You now know the differences between the words ‘by’ and ‘until’, how you can use the word ’till’ and ‘by the time’.