How do I say “I looked for it until I found it“ or “I looked for (something) until I found it” what is the word that i use for “until”?

  • 我一直找,找到为止。BTW, isn't this something google can help with? Dec 25, 2018 at 0:33
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    Google: until --> 直到 or 直至
    – Tang Ho
    Dec 25, 2018 at 0:49
  • submit "look until find" to online dictionaries,e.g. iciba: 寻找直到找到 Search until you find it. 继续寻找直到你找到它 Keep looking until you find it, google translate:我找到它“直到”我发现它。seems acceptable although repeated (even single) use of 它 seems uncharacteristic of Chinese (cf. 1st example from iciba)
    – user6065
    Dec 25, 2018 at 1:44

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Ok, I believe these are the colloquial expressions that you are looking for:

  1. 我找了一找才找到。
  2. 我找了半天才找到。
  3. 我找了好久才找到。

The key word is 才, which is the closest to the English words "until" / "till".

No. 1 is perhaps the best match. "找了一找" simply means "looked for" or "searched", without any indication of time frame.


You should use "直到 [...為止]"


It's still correct if you omit 為止, but in this case keeping it sounds more natural to me.

"直到" has two meanings, one of which is slightly different from "until":

1. something is true before the time point, but false after it.

"Until" is this meaning. For example,

It's not available until tomorrow. 直到明天才有/能提供

I didn’t know this matter until now. 直到現在我才知道這件事

It's implied that it will be available tomorrow or after tomorrow and I know this matter now.

2. something is true before the time point, and could be also true after it.

For the second meaning:

Up to now I still remember this matter. 直到現在我仍然記得這件事

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