As you are probably aware, our contemporary English content is now available through Lexico.com (https://www.lexico.com/en), and our old English dictionary site no longer exists.

As a result of this, this forum is now closed.

The English dictionary community team would like the opportunity to say a huge thanks to all of you who participated by posting questions and helping other community members.
We hope this forum was useful, and that you enjoyed being a part of it.

If you would like to get in touch with any OED-related queries, please write to
[email protected]

And if you would like to contribute suggestions to the OED, please do so by visiting: https://public.oed.com/contribute-to-the-oed/

Thank you very much indeed, and good bye!
The community team

Define this please

It wasn't until around Christmas time that the experiments changed.

What does this sentence mean?

Comments

  • Does it mean that until Christmas experiments haven't changed?

  • The writer is concentrating on the period when the experiments didn't change. This is because he or she wants to make a contrast. By using the words 'it wasn't until' he or she is implying that the right time to change the experiments was in that period. But the experiments weren't changed.

    Yes, they were finally changed, but not at the time the writer expected. No, the experimenters kept them up until some time around Christmas. Then, and only then, they changed. But, in the writer's opinion, they should have changed earlier.

Sign In or Register to comment.