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    Hi!
    I'd like to ask what this expression exactly means. If I say: "I will visit you in 10 years time.", then does it mean that I will visit him in 2016? Or 2016 is just the latest time, and I might visit him in 2010, for example?
    In other words, does it work like 'ago' (one exact date) or does it refer to a time period instead?
    Many thanks!

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    Hi!
    I'd like to ask what this expression exactly means. If I say: "I will visit you in 10 years time.", then does it mean that I will visit him in 2016? Or 2016 is just the latest time, and I might visit him in 2010, for example?
    In other words, does it work like 'ago' (one exact date) or does it refer to a time period instead?
    Many thanks!
    Yes, to me it means you'll visit in 2016.
    But if you say:
    I'll visit you within the next 10 years.
    or
    I'll visit you sometime in the next 10 years.
    I would take it to mean that you will visit at any time leading up to 2016, not just in 2016.

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    Thanks!

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    Oh, and I think I made a mistake. Isn't it "10 years' time" with apostrophe? I think it is.

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    It is.

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