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    explain the differences in these sentences:
    +/ She will have finished her work by 7pm
    +/ She will have finished her work before 7pm
    +/ She will have finished her work at 7pm

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    +/ She will have finished her work by 7pm
    +/ She will have finished her work before 7pm
    Not much difference betwqeen these two- 7 is the limit. The second sounds as if she will have finished the work comfortably bbefore the limit, while the first could go up to the last minute.

    +/ She will have finished her work at 7pm

    This could be making an assumption now about an action that has finished- I know her timtetable and it's 7-15, so I can say this in answer to a question about her whereabouts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    +/ She will have finished her work by 7pm
    +/ She will have finished her work before 7pm
    Not much difference betwqeen these two- 7 is the limit. The second sounds as if she will have finished the work comfortably bbefore the limit, while the first could go up to the last minute.

    +/ She will have finished her work at 7pm

    This could be making an assumption now about an action that has finished- I know her timtetable and it's 7-15, so I can say this in answer to a question about her whereabouts.
    :D
    But is "She will have finished her work at 7pm" a sentence likely to be heard in actual use? It doesn't seem very probable to me.

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    Not really, but you might say 'She'll have finished her work at 7, so she'll be on her way home now.' Other than that, it's not very probable.

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