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Until or up until?

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Avoid writing ‘up until’. ‘Until’ on its own is enough.

If you write ‘up until’ you are, in effect, writing the word ‘up’ twice. See Oxford Dictionaries’ definition.

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Written by Wordwatch

20/01/2010 at 2:35 pm

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  1. A basic rule might be, if you can take out one of the words without losing the meaning, do so.

    Maggie Manning

    20/01/2010 at 4:16 pm

    • That’s a very clear rule to bear in mind. Thanks for that, Maggie.

      Deborah

      20/01/2010 at 4:18 pm

  2. I was up until 2:00 thinking about this.

    Michael Farrell

    20/01/2010 at 5:03 pm

    • That’s very funny and also a very good point indeed. Many thanks! I should have made that clearer myself.

      Deborah

      20/01/2010 at 5:06 pm

  3. “I always looked like a girl up until a few years ago,” Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson told the Daily Mirror. I see at least one error in that statement.

    Michael Farrell

    25/01/2010 at 6:26 am

    • Thanks for that example, Michael (an excellent example of what I was originally talking about!).

      Deborah

      25/01/2010 at 7:26 am

  4. No wonder Southwest’s fares are so cheap: “Customers are eligible to purchase EarlyBird Check-in up until 25 hours prior to the flight’s scheduled local departure time.”

    Michael Farrell

    27/01/2010 at 3:00 am

    • That’s a really clear example of not needing the word ‘up’. It’s strange how it looks/sounds worse in some sentences than in others. Many thanks.

      Deborah

      27/01/2010 at 6:43 am


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