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    before / by

    Please let Maria know your telephone number in the holiday before Friday.
    Is it acceptable to say "before" instead of "by" for native speakers?

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    Re: before / by

    Quote Originally Posted by ziawj2 View Post
    Please let Maria know your telephone number in the holiday before Friday.
    Is it acceptable to say "before" instead of "by" for native speakers?
    Yes, but there is a difference.
    With before Friday, Friday itself is too late.
    By Friday means not later than Friday. Friday itself is therefore not too late.

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    Re: before / by

    But the phrase "your telephone number in the holiday" doesn't makes sense to me.

    Do you mean something like "the number where you can be reached during the holiday"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: before / by

    Yes.
    So is it better if I say, "Please tell me your telephone number that you can be reached in the holiday"?

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    Re: before / by

    Quote Originally Posted by ziawj2 View Post
    Yes.
    So is it better if I say, "Please tell me your telephone number that you can be reached in the holiday"?
    No. Barb_d's suggestion was the most natural:

    Please let Maria know the number where you can be reached during the holiday.

    or:

    Please tell me the number where you can be reached during the holiday.

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    #6

    Re: before / by

    Am I correct to say "where" here means "with which"? Thanks.

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    Re: before / by

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    Am I correct to say "where" here means "with which"? Thanks.
    'at which'

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    Re: before / by

    Those of us old enough to remember when a phone number was associated with a place instead of a person still think of "where." In today's culture, "at which" does make more sense.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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