live until a ripe old age ?

  • EStjarn

    Senior Member
    I think, technically, 'to' and 'until' would mean the same thing here. You wouldn't be misunderstood with 'until' (cf. the dictionary definition, which uses 'until'). However, when it comes to idioms, it's generally recommendable to stick to the original versions unless one has a specific reason for altering them (cf. the Google Books hits for the two alternatives: 'live until a ripe old age' (23); 'live to a ripe old age' (191,000).)
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