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    parked in front of the house

    Are sentences 1 and 2 correct with the given meanings:

    1-We need him dressed as Zorro at five o'clock.
    At five o'clock, he has to have a Zorro suit on. He has to be dressed as Zorro by five o'clock.

    2-I want the car parked in front of the house at five o'clock.

    The car should be standing in front of the house at five o'clock. The car has to be parked in front of the house by five o'clock.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: parked in front of the house

    Decide whether you want "at" or "by" before the stated time. They don't mean the same thing. If you want a car parked outside your house at 5pm, then it shouldn't be there at 4.59pm. If you want it there by 5pm, it can be parked there any time as long as it is already there at 5pm.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: parked in front of the house

    Thank you very much Emsr2d2.

    Yes, that was indeed my problem.

    However, if one says:

    1a-We need him dressed as Zorro on Monday.
    oar:
    2a-I want the car parked in front of the house on Monday.

    Wouldn't the meaning tend to become 'stative'?

    Gratefully,
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    Re: parked in front of the house

    You could want him in his Zorro outfit for five minutes when you're playing a prank or dressed like that all day. It's not a particularly common request, so the exact meaning would probably be found in the context of the conversation.

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