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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #112224: To - Till/until - Up to - As far as : time, distance, quanti
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    To - Till/until - Up to - As far as : time, distance, quanti


    Here, we're going to study varied expressions, which have apparently very little in common. Yet, they have a common point: they're expressed with the same word in French, and perhaps in other European languages. In this English edition of the lesson, we're not going to refer to the French expression, but rather to study what concept these expressions illustrate and what real value they have.

    Thus, we'll see how to express a distance, a location, a time, a quantity, or put an emphasis on an expression. 

     

    1)  In order to express a DISTANCE : TO, AS FAR AS.

    * TO indicates the finish point or line.

    -       I'll drive you to the bus station, and then, you'll go on by yourself! 

     

    * On the contrary, AS FAR AS insists on the distance travelled.

    - We went as far as Stonehenge and then our car refused to start again.

     

     2)    In order to express TIME: UNTIL/TILL, UP TO.

    - I was at school with Tom until/till 2010. 

    - Kids must sit at the back of the car up to the age of ten.

     

    BEWARE:  up to a certain point, or time, in the present= SO FAR, UP TO NOW, UNTIL NOW.

    - So far, I like my new job and my new colleagues. 

    3)   In order to express a quantity, or to measure : UP TO, AS MUCH/AS MANY AS.

    * UP TO  indicates the maximum figure (distance or quantity)

    - I can ride up to 30 miles a day.

     

    - AS MANY (+ countables in the plural) and AS MUCH (uncountables in the singular) indicates maximum quantity

    - I'm so worried about him... He can drink as many as 10 beers a day.

    Yes, I'm a chocolate addict! I can eat as much as one pound of chocolate a day! 

     

    4)    In order to express insistence, an emphasis: ACTUALLY, EVEN, VERY (adjective + noun).

    - He didn't actually swear at me, but he spoke to me in a really unpleasant way! 

     

                                                                                                                                      

     

    Here you are! You have all of them... Let's hope you'll give each one its right place...  

     



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    1. Mum, you can only drive me to school the 'no entry' street. Then, I'll walk with Sally.


    2. Yes, my school closes at 6.30 pm, but on Saturdays, it's only open one o'clock.


    3. There can be 39 pupils in a High school class in France.


    4. During the Second World War, women used to work to replace the men at war, all women, the future Queen herself.


    5. All over Europe, for serious overspeeding, the fine you may get may reach thousands of Euros.


    6. I haven't met him , but I'm quite impatient!


    7. We can only ride our bikes there the pond; once there, we'll have to walk for an hour.


    8. For such an operation, she'll have to stay in hospital for three weeks.


    9. There were 500 people who watched the play I had rehearsed for months...


    10. This classic car can be worth a flat! Clearly, he can't afford it.


     

                                                           








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