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"stopping" is continuous. "stop" is not.

We have to be careful even when trying to debate these things, that the wording we use during the debate doesn't change from what we meant to say, lol. smile.png I had to try very hard to avoid using the word "until" to define itself. Edited by Nypyren

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One of the sticking points here is that the majority of native English speakers aren't that great at the finer points of the language and tend to only have a passing familiarity with what is and isn't actually technically correct.  There are many things you'll hear every day in conversational English that aren't technically valid and might be changed for formal writing or if your language was actually being assessed on correctness.

I sometimes wonder if informal, slangy English is actually more flexible than informal speech in other languages.  English gets constant influx from other languages via people who are learning English as a second language, plus the varieties of English in geographically separated areas (Australia, England, Scotland/Wales/Ireland, Northeast US, Southern US, Western US, Eastern/French Canada, Northwest Canada/Alaska, India...) are different enough from each other that there's constant hybridization going on.  On top of that the internet gives teens (the population segment that generates new slang the fastest) easier access to talk to others and spread their linguistic innovations than was ever possible historically.

 

Just in my own speaking I pick up new usages every year (especially from memes), and in 5 years I can go from thinking something sounds really bizarre and wrong to using it naturally and happily.

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Just in my own speaking I pick up new usages every year (especially from memes), and in 5 years I can go from thinking something sounds really bizarre and wrong to using it naturally and happily.

Fo'shizizzle hashtag trudat yolo. Swag.

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Ah, I finally see the potential ambiguity.  I was parsing the sentence fragment we stop working until our manager says so as having until our manager says so as an adverbial phrase modifying the intransitive verb working, with the word stop as a preposition.  The ambiguity comes if the phrase working until our manager says so is parsed as a noun phrase and the object of the transitive verb stop.  The latter use is unidiomatic and I would consider it pretty tortured English.  It is, however, grammatically valid and the meaning of the word until is still unambiguous, in that it refers to continual action that occurs before an event and has the exact same meaning in both cases.

Exactly:
We were either not working and therefore what our manager says determines the opposite(that we stop working), or we halted working indefinitely(stop working, which is valid because it turns continuous in such a context). and what our managers says determines the opposite(that we work.)

 

Some people don't realize how flexible English is. It comes with the price of confusion, though.

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If I wasn't born in America, I would find English to be very hard, especially with all of the slang mixed in.
My goal before trying to learn computer programming was to learn 7 spoken languages (still going to do this). I found all of them easy to pick up. People were saying it would be hard, but they are nowhere near as complicated as English.

Many have vowel sounds that stay the same, but in English the letter "A" alone has so many different sounds.

It might be that modern American English is a derived language of so many other languages. (How many different sounds for "A" in that last sentence?)

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Just in my own speaking I pick up new usages every year (especially from memes), and in 5 years I can go from thinking something sounds really bizarre and wrong to using it naturally and happily.

Fo'shizizzle hashtag trudat yolo. Swag.

 

Ab-sho'-lutely!  Because the internet.

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Just in my own speaking I pick up new usages every year (especially from memes), and in 5 years I can go from thinking something sounds really bizarre and wrong to using it naturally and happily.

 

Yes. Because internet! [Edit] DOH! I see somebody else already said that. [/Doh!]

Edited by Tom Sloper

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