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    1)She'll be back by Sunday
    2)She'll return by Sunday
    3)By Sunday she'll have returned
    How similar are sentences 2 and 3? Can they ever convey the same meaning?
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    Yes- it's just a matter of emphasis- you might use number 3 for someone you're missing greatly.

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    Following this train of thought, would it also be acceptable to say By Sunday she will have been back or By Sunday she will have been here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Following this train of thought, would it also be acceptable to say By Sunday she will have been back or By Sunday she will have been here?
    No. "By Sunday she will have come back."

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