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    Hello, everyone.
    Please assume(imagine) that it's June the 2nd today.

    'We're having a meeting on June the 5th.'

    Instead of the expression underlined above, can I say :

    'We're having a meeting in three days. (or in three days' time)' (I think these are both fine.)
    'We're having a meeting three days from today.' (I'm not sure about this one.)
    'We're having a meeting three days later.' (I'm not sure. Is 'from today' understood by the person I'm talking to?)
    'We're having a meeting three days later from(than?) today.' (I don't think it is OK.)


    If there are any other possibilities, could you be so kind as to tell me about them?
    Thank you in advance.
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    Default Re: in three days / three days later / three days from today

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, everyone.
    Please assume(imagine) that it's June the 2nd today.

    'We're having a meeting on June the 5th.'

    Instead of the expression underlined above, can I say :

    'We're having a meeting in three days. (or in three days' time)' (I think these are both fine.) Yes.
    'We're having a meeting three days from today.' (I'm not sure about this one.) Yes
    'We're having a meeting three days later.' (I'm not sure. Is 'from today' understood by the person I'm talking to?) No, this doesn't work.
    'We're having a meeting three days later from(than?) today.' (I don't think it is OK.) No.


    If there are any other possibilities, could you be so kind as to tell me about them?
    Thank you in advance.
    "In three days [time]" could be ambiguous, depending on the time of day it was said. I would always check. "Do you mean on the 5th? / Tuesday?"

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    Default Re: in three days / three days later / three days from today

    Thank you very much for your reply, Raymott.
    Please let me ask you one more question.

    'We're having a meeting two days after tomorrow.'

    Does this sentence work?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: in three days / three days later / three days from today

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Thank you very much for your reply, Raymott.
    Please let me ask you one more question.

    'We're having a meeting two days after tomorrow.'

    Does this sentence work?

    Thank you in advance.
    No, that's not natural.

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    Default Re: in three days / three days later / three days from today

    It's needlessly convoluted.

    You wouldn't say 'We're having a meeting five days after two days ago'.

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    Default Re: in three days / three days later / three days from today

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Thank you very much for your reply, Raymott.
    Please let me ask you one more question.

    'We're having a meeting two days after tomorrow.'

    Does this sentence work?

    Thank you in advance.
    You're still dealing with a potential ambiguity if it's, say, 2am now and you're both going off to bed. 'Tomorrow' here could easily mean 'later today'.

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    Default Re: in three days / three days later / three days from today

    To avoid any ambiguity, I would simply say "We're having a meeting on June 5th".

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