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From…to, until, since, for

From… to


We lived in London from 1996 to 2001.

I work from Monday to Thursday.

I have to babysit from Friday night to Monday morning.

I have to drop the kids off to school from Monday to Friday.

 

Instead of saying ‘to’ we can say ‘until’

 

From… until


 

Example:

  • We lived in London from 1996 until 2001.

 

Until…


My grandma has gone on holiday until August.

It is going to be rainy until the end of Spring.

I stayed awake until 3 in the morning.

I slept until 2 pm.

I watched television until 4:30.

The kids are staying at my sister’s house until Saturday.

Wait here until I come back.

 

Instead of saying ‘until’ we can say ’till’

 

Examples:


 

  • Wait here till come back.

  • I watched television till 4:30.

 

Compare…


 

How long will you be on holiday?                          …Until Friday the 15th of March.

When are you coming back on holiday?               …On Friday the 15th of March.

 

Since…


When we use since, after we say a time in the past

We use since after the present perfect (have been/have done etc)

Example: I’ve been ill since Monday. (the time in the past is Monday)

 

  • Emma has been in hospital since last Friday.

  • My mum and dad have been married since 1978.

  • It’s been snowing since Monday.

  • I’ve been waiting for Josh since 3:30.

  • She’s been sleeping since midnight.

  • The kids have been painting since 1 o’ clock.

  • Susan has been cleaning since she woke up.

  • Grandma has been tired since she arrived.

 

Compare…


 

We can say from…to and until for the same thing.

 

Example:


 

  • We lived in Australia from 1999 to 2005.

  • We lived in Australia until 2005.

  • I have to babysit from Friday night to Monday morning.

  • I have to babysit until Monday morning.

 

For…


We use for + a period of time.

Example: Kate has been in hospital for three days. (not Kate has been in hospital since three days)

 

  • I am going to stay at grandma’s house for a week.

  • I’m sleeping over at Ashley’s house for two nights.

  • We’re going to the spa for the weekend.

  • My family are going on holiday for a month.

  • My uncle stayed at our house for three months.

  • They are going on a school residential trip for a week.

  • My dad has gone on a business trip for a few weeks.

  • My parents have been married for 30 years.

  • Our teacher has been ill for a long time.

 

 

From…to,   until,   since,   for   Exercises..


 

  1. Use the words given to create a sentence. Use from…to/until/since.

 

  • Josh/America/1978/1999 ___________________________________________________________________________________

  • Susan/Michael/Hong Kong/2002 __________________________________________________________________________________

  • Kate/Dominic/married/2001 ___________________________________________________________________________________

  • Cameron/working/phone company/2005 ___________________________________________________________________________________

  • Mum/works/Monday/Friday __________________________________________________________________________________

  • I/driving/19 years old ___________________________________________________________________________________

  • Weather/sunny/Tuesday ___________________________________________________________________________________

  • My brother/watching/television/5 o’ clock ___________________________________________________________________________________

 

  1. Complete the following sentences using until.

 

  • Mum has gone out _______________________________________________

  • They’ll be away __________________________________________________

  • Wait here ______________________________________________________

  • I have to work ___________________________________________________

  • I won’t be home _________________________________________________

  • I’m not talking to her _____________________________________________

 

Challenge: Fill in the missing gap with either until/since/for.

 

  • I have known Kate _________ a long time.

  • My brother has been playing the piano ___________ he was 11 years old.

  • I stayed in bed ___________ 2pm.

  • We had to wait for the bus ________ a hour.

  • My family are going on holiday ________ a week.

  • Don’t open the window _________ it stops raining.

  • I’m going to America ________ 3 weeks.

  • I’ve been waiting _______ you.

  • I’ve lived on this street ________ I was 2 years old.

  • We didn’t sleep ________ midnight.

 

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