until when can I ...?

ukimix

Senior Member
español
Hi there,

I couldn't find an explanation in the threads, so let me ask if this sentence is correct:

Before the flight's departure, until when can I ask for a refund?

It's with the idea to ask something like: what is the deadline to ask for a refund before the flight's departure? My doubt is mostly about the underlined part.

Thanks in advance :)
 
  • Wordnip

    Senior Member
    British English
    I think I'd add 'up': Before the flight's departure, up until when can I ask for a refund? But I'm not sure if it is 'correct' but it would be understood in English.

    You could say:

    Up until what time can I ask for a refund before the flight's departure?

    What is the latest I can ask for a refund before the flight's departure?

    How soon before the flight's departure can I ask for a refund?
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Just because a construction is "correct," that doesn't mean that it's natural, i.e. that we would say it that way, which seems to be the case here.

    Wordnip's suggestions are quite good.
     

    ukimix

    Senior Member
    español
    Thanks for the explanations. I understand the difference between everyday usage and correctness in the grammatical sense. So, let me sum up the conclusions: in that sentence, the sequence "until when I can" isn't correct with out the up; but even with it, it's not the usual way to speak in some regions.

    Many thanks! :)
     
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