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    13 weeks to September 30th

    I have a question about the definition entry of "to" in this dictionary:

    Definition 11a of "to" reads: until a particular time or date

    Definition 11b of "to" reads: used for saying how much time passes before a particular date, time, or event


    An example sentence under definition 11b reads: Sales increased duringthe 13 weeks to September 30th.


    Does anyone think that this sentence probably fit better under definition 11a instead of definition 11b? Definition 11a seems to emphasize the period of time. And definition 11b seems to emphasize the point in time.

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    Re: 13 weeks to September 30th

    Absolutely not.

    Prepositions vary enormously in meaning, and the only thing lexicographers can do is compile lists of those many disparate meanings. If it's on the list in a dictionary it is correct in its proper context. Preference is almost never relevant.
    Last edited by probus; 13-May-2015 at 03:17.

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    Re: 13 weeks to September 30th

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    Does anyone think that this sentence probably fit better under definition 11a instead of definition 11b?
    I would think so if 'during' was replaced with 'from', but I am not a teacher.

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