this is about structures set up by "not" collocated with "until".

a context may go like this:

as per a contract, A is to sell a cargo to B and A is supposed to delivere the cargo to B prior to 1 Jan. 2005 but failed to do that even after the day 1 Jan. 2005. such being the case, can it be said:

"A did not delivere the cargo to B until 1 Jan. 2005. "

i doubt it is true because it means to me that the cargo was delivered on the day 1 Jan. 2005. and i don't think "not until " is applicable here.

to me, "A did not delivere the cargo to B even after 1 Jan. 2005" should serve the purpose correctly.

by the way, does "A failed to delivere the cargo to B until 1 Jan. 2005 " fit in the circumstance?

tks a lot.
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Hi, Vincent,
The following is my personal opinion.

To me, until suggests continuity. It sounds as if A had to secure repeated deliveries of cargo to B until Jan 1. Therefore in this case I would use by: A did not/failed to deliver the cargo to B by Jan 1 (as agreed).

If you want to stress that A has not delivered the cargo yet, though the deadline was Jan 1, the sentence you suggests (A did not deliver the cargo to B even after 1 Jan. 2005) is fine to me.

tks again, Meche. Emotion: smile

yeah. "by" should be a good word to remember.

but i again found difference in the way of thinking by a Chinese. u see, when A failed to deliver the cargo by 1 Jan. 2005, he was very likely to do that someday after 1 Jan. 2005 rather than on 1 Jan. 2005. in such event, a Chinese always intend to stress the degree of A's error by saying that A did not deliver the cargo EVEN AFTER 1 Jan. 2005 whilst as u guys see it, to say by 1 Jan. 2005 is fine and enough. that's why i'm always slow at employment of BY.

don't u find that interesting.
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Oh, it surely is an interesting point. I often think about how culture affects people's perceptions, understandings and - of course - language, which reflects all this. It is not only the Chinese who think differently. I think you can come across this phenomenon quite often in these forums.

BTW, I wonder how it is correct to say: IN / ON / AT the forums?
It seems every culture/language has its own way of phrasing that concept.
The French, for example, use, "... did not ... before [point in time]" where the English say, "... did not ... until [point in time]". Pieanne can probably confirm.

"until" says that the delivery did (finally!) take place at the point in time mentioned after "until".
"by" says that the delivery took place after the point in time mentioned after "by", and may suggest that the delivery has not yet taken place even long after that point in time has passed.

Oh, yes, CalifJim, I didn't think about that point.

A did not deliver the cargo until Jan 1 = It was not before Jan 1 that A delivered the cargo. Right?
Frankly speaking, I too tend to use that "before", though I clearly recognise it in English.Emotion: sad I'll have to remember it when translating!

By the way, CalifJim, shall I use AT the forums? I think of the forum as a square, that's why I used IN above.
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By the way, CalifJim, shall I use AT the forums? I think of the forum as a square, that's why I used IN above.

Interesting question!

I hang out in another forum that is more like a cybercafe, so I'd say "in the cafe". But I also hang out in a website that is like a cybercity, so I normally tell people, "I'm at xyz-city."

Perhaps others have a different take on this.
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PARIS (CNN) -- For millions of people who see the ocean only through the porthole of television, the voice of the sea had a soft French accent.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who opened up the mysterious world beneath the sea to millions of landlocked viewers, died Wednesday at age 87.

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"Sometimes we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new, and run headlong down an immutable course," he wrote. "It happened to me ... on that summer's day, when my eyes were opened to the sea," he wrote later.


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