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English translation: depends on what follows

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13:23 Sep 18, 2007
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / Literature
English term or phrase: it wasn't until afterwards
it wasn't until afterwards
I paraphrase it as "not before that..."
is it true or false?
xxxfortunetelle
Local time: 00:54
English translation:depends on what follows
Explanation:
"not before that" sounds wrong. You could use "not before" without "that", but the expression stands perfectly well as it is.

You could also say "not until later", eg, "It was not until later that I discovered that...."; "Not until later did I find out..."
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Carol Gullidge
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:54
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depends on what follows


Explanation:
"not before that" sounds wrong. You could use "not before" without "that", but the expression stands perfectly well as it is.

You could also say "not until later", eg, "It was not until later that I discovered that...."; "Not until later did I find out..."


Carol Gullidge
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:54
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