<From, since> January <to, until> April Diego didn't clean his room.

boccaccio

New Member
Italy, Italian
Hi dears, which way of expressing an action in the past do you think is better?


SINCE January TO April Diego didn't clean his room.

SINCE January UNTIL April Diego didn't clean his room.

FROM January TO April Diego didn't clean his room.


Thank you very much for your help!!!
 
  • Smudgette

    Senior Member
    English, England
    You would use "from...until" in this context.
    Yes, and possibly different sentence formation. ' Diego didn't clean his room from January until March'. The other way around sounds... sort of ... strange.

    Also just for info: 'Since' is used to indicate a period in the past up to the present time. Diego hasn't cleaned his room since January.
     

    mally pense

    Senior Member
    England, UK English
    The original way round works OK for me. It has the effect of emphasising the time period more than the person. It needs a comma after the "April" though, and maybe it would sound more natural if it was expanded to "From January right through to April, Diego didn't clean his room". Or maybe not. :)
     

    Smudgette

    Senior Member
    English, England
    and maybe it would sound more natural if it was expanded to "From January right through to April, Diego didn't clean his room". Or maybe not. :)
    Yes I actually thought that when I first read it, and those were the very words that I considered would have made it sound more natural that way round. It would need that expansion to emphasise the time element.
     
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