In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.
This week’s language tip helps with using the preposition and conjunction till. Till and until mean the same, but till is less formal and is used mainly in speech and informal writing. In academic writing and professional reports, until is much more frequent:
✗ Our government used the death penalty as a deterrent
✓ Our government used the death penalty as a deterrent until 1989.
✗ He published a prose work and a few poems, but did not achieve success
tillhe turned to play writing.
✓ He published a prose work and a few poems, but did not achieve success until he turned to play writing.
Till is sometimes written til or ’til.
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