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Hi Friends,

He put up with it for many years until one day when he finally decided to take action.

Should 'until one day' be followed by when in such cases?

Thanks/

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Let me rephrase your question to see if I understand it correctly.

Does when always follow the phrase until one day? For example, "He put up with it for many years until one day when he finally decided to take action."

No, when does not always follow the phrase until one day.

Some people think they'll never stop thinking of the person, until one day they do. (washingtonpost.com)

Until one day I had one of the most realistic lucid dreams I could ever have. (pyschcentral.com)

Every day after school we would sit and review problems until one day it all clicked. (npr.org)

Until one day, the kid learns enough about the pup to predict its behavior. (TechCrunch.com)

The above examples came from fraze dot it.

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anonymousHe put up with it for many years until one day, when he finally decided to take action.

I think I'd add a comma there because the when-clause doesn't modify 'day'. 'when' is OK there. It means 'and on that day'.

Here are some other examples of that usage of 'when':

The women were winning until the last day, when Auburn grasped the title.
I came across it the other day, when I was unpacking after moving house.
I'll see her the next day, when she'll be at home with her folks.

CJ

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Thanks, CJ. Can we also remove the when and one day? Would the sentence still be okay?

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Thanks, CJ. Can we also remove the when and one day? Would the sentence still be okay?

That gives you this: until he finally decided to take action.

That's fine.

CJ