unless and until

unless and until
is an established expression which, like as and when, serves to intensify doubt about the outcome. It occurs in alternative forms such as unless or until, until or unless, and so on:

• Until and unless he discovered who he was, everything was without meaning —D. Potter, 1986

• Membership of the House of Commons is still the only legitimate qualification for real power in Great Britain and likely to remain so unless or until our national identity is totally submerged in Europe —Spectator, 1991.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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