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Hi everyone, I know this might be a silly question, but...

1. Keep going on [ until you reach ] [ until ??] [ as far as ??] [ up to ??] [ to ?? ] the next intersection.

2. Take the first left [ until you reach ] [ until ??] [ as far as ??] [ up to ??] [ to ?? ] Captain Square.

3. I bet you can't throw your cell phone [ as far as ??] [ up to ??] [ to ?? ] that tree over there.

4. You have to stretch the rubber band [ by ] [ as far as ??] [ up to ] [ to ?? ] five inches.

5. You have to paint this wall [ as far as ??] [ up to ] [ to ?? ] that black line.

.... and so on.

I'm really, really confused about which one I should chose. The fact is I want to find another way to express the idea of "until somebody or something reaches a point in space" or "so that somebody or something will be at a certain point in space or close to it."

Thank you very much in advance.
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Hi,

I know this might be a silly question, but... I don't think this is silly at all, I think it;s a rather philosophical question. In gebneral, I think we can often use each and all of the expresions you suggest. We tend not to worry about absolute precision in such statements.

1. Keep going on [ until you reach ] [ until ??] [ as far as ??] [ up to ??] [ to ?? ] the next intersection. All sounds OK, although you might say just 'Go on . . . ' rather than 'Keep going on . . . '

2. Take the first left [ until you reach ] [ until ??] [ as far as ??] [ up to ??] [ to ?? ] Captain Square. Again, you could say all this, although when you think a bit it's not the first left that goes to the place, it's the road.

3. I bet you can't throw your cell phone [ as far as ??] [ up to ??] [ to ?? ] that tree over there. All can be said, ''up to' would be less common.

4. You have to stretch the rubber band [ by ] [ as far as ??] [ up to ] [ to ?? ] five inches. OK

5. You have to paint this wall [ as far as ??] [ up to ] [ to ?? ] that black line. OK

.... and so on.

I'm really, really confused about which one I should chose. The fact is I want to find another way to express the idea of "until somebody or something reaches a point in space" or "so that somebody or something will be at a certain point in space or close to it."

Probably the simplest is just 'to'. Some other brief and very general comments:

as far as suggests some comparison of distances.

up to emphasizes the length of the distance.

until makes one aware of the time involved.

Best wishes, Clive
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Thanks a lot, Clive.

Probably the simplest is just 'to'. In fact that's the expression I find most often. It seems that the other expressions are not used much when you can simply write "to."

Bye