It's still a while until Christmas

@Alan, @Anglophile, @Torsten, @Arinker

I don’t if it’s correct, however, it sounds so… Here it is:

  • It’ll still be a while before it’s Christmas.

Is this sentence correct?

By the way last Thursday I was given my first vaccination against Covid.

Thanks.

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  • It’ll still be a while before it’s Christmas. (It will still be a while before it is Christmas. The word ‘while’ here means ‘time’. The phrase ‘a while’ indicates ‘some time’. Sometimes it is also preceded by ‘a little’, ‘a long’ etc.)
    So, in my view, the sentence is correct.
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Well, I guess it’s a slightly more complicated way of saying “It’s still a while until Christmas.”

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Thanks for your reply Anglophile.

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Thanks for your reply Torsten.

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To me the two forms seem slightly different.

Can we get a Christmas tree today?
No, it’s still a while before Christmas.
Can we get one on the Fourth of July?
No, it’ll still be a while before it’s Christmas.

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Arinker, yes there is a difference. They are different tenses - maybe.

If it is currently 1600, and I get off work at 1700, I can say,
“It’s another hour before I get off work.”

I can also say,
"It’ll be another hour before I get off work.

I don’t know the grammatical rule on this, but conversationally they both mean the same thing.

On the other hand, I could say, “After the meeting tomorrow afternoon, it’ll be an hour before I get off work.”
In this tense, I would not use “It is”.

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I’m so sorry for my late reply. I would like to thank both of you!

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