Author Topic: It won't be long  (Read 451 times)

Offline Takashi

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It won't be long
« on: December 05, 2019, 01:05:26 pm »
I'd appreciate it if you could help me with the following sentence.

A. It cannot be long until the summer is over.

Could you tell me if A is wrong? If so, could you tell me whether B and C are correct?

B. It won't be long until the summer is over.

C. It shouldn't be long until the summer is over.

If A is wrong and C is correct, could there be any reason(s) why "cannot" as opposed to "shouldn't" is not appropriate?

Thank you very much.

Takashi

Offline Britta

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Re: It won't be long
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2019, 03:30:55 pm »
As far as I am aware, they are all correct but there is a subtle difference in meaning.

A. It cannot be long until the summer is over. - You use this for example, if you have strong evidence, e.g temperatures dropping rapidly.

B. It won't be long until the summer is over. - You use this for example,  if you have had a look at the calendar and see only a few days left.

C. It shouldn't be long until the summer is over. - You use this for example,  if you are trying to convince another person of the fact.
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

Offline Takashi

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Re: It won't be long
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2019, 06:02:34 pm »
Thank you very much indeed, Bertha, for showing me the implications of each sentence.
I really appreciate it.

Takashi

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Re: It won't be long
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2019, 11:49:06 am »
Thank you very much indeed, Bertha, for showing me the implications of each sentence.
I really appreciate it.

Takashi

Ooops.  It was Britta who gave you an excellent response! 
Bertha

Offline Takashi

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Re: It won't be long
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2019, 03:37:40 pm »
I'm really sorry, indeed, Britta and Bertha!
I must apologize to both of you.

Takashi