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    I'll be ready by today

    Hello.

    Can I say "I'll be ready by today" with the meaning not later than today?
    If not what would you say otherwise?

    Thanks, Alex.

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    Re: I'll be ready by today

    Yes. It's quite idiomatic. You can also say "it (my project, my preparations, etc.) will be ready by today".

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    Re: I'll be ready by today

    I find that an odd thing to say. I would say "It will be ready today".

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    Re: I'll be ready by today

    I agree with Bhai. By later today or this afternoon, okay, but just "by today" sounds odd.
    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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    #5

    Re: I'll be ready by today

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I find that an odd thing to say. I would say "It will be ready today".
    Yes, if it is a project, report, some physical entity etc. But if it is something that I must be prepared for, I would say, " I'll be ready today".

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    Re: I'll be ready by today

    I completely agree, but that's "I"ll" be ready and this was "It will" be ready.
    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: I'll be ready by today

    It sounds odd to me too- I'd just use today or by the end of today (= by the end of the working day).

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    #8

    Re: I'll be ready by today

    My apologies. It was "I" and not "It" to start with!
    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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