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    At the latest

    Can you check Whether the below sentence is correct or not?

    What time do you need the file by at the latest?

    I want to say "How long can you wait for the file to be given by me". I want the listener to give me the time as to how long can he wait at max for the file.

    Can you also tell me a better way to ask this in a subtle way without asking for the exact time?

    Thanks for help.
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    Re: At the latest

    I think it will probably be correct if you just say "at what time do you need the file?" Or "what time do you need the file?" Without "by at the latest". I might be wrong.
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    Re: At the latest

    I want to ask how far they can stretch the deadline for the file without asking for the time directly.
    Can you tell me a way to ask for that information without being direct?

    In my opinion,At does not sound indirect.

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    Re: At the latest

    I think what you said, "How long can you wait for the file to be given by me?" might be correct and you can also say "How long can you wait for me to give you the file?". Let's see what others will say.

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    Re: At the latest

    Quote Originally Posted by gurpreetgill4u View Post
    What time do you need the file by at the latest?
    That's OK. I'd ask "What's the latest time I can give you the file?"

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    Re: At the latest

    Quote Originally Posted by gurpreetgill4u View Post
    What time do you need the file by at the latest?
    Should 'by' be omitted above?

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    Re: At the latest

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Should 'by' be omitted above?
    No.

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    Re: At the latest

    Would there be tautology as 'by' and 'at the latest' mean 'not later than' and 'no later than' respectively?

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