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    #1

    but I don't think I will be back

    Is this sentence correct:
    1) I am going there for a short meeting, but I don't think I will be back before three hours.


    The idea is that the meeting is short, or is supposed to be short, and yet, I won't be back before three hours. I have a bit of doubt about the 'but'.

    Gratefully,
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    #2

    Re: but I don't think I will be back

    "But" works fine there.

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    #3

    Re: but I don't think I will be back

    Before three hours sounds odd to me. How about something like in less than?

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    Re: but I don't think I will be back

    Thank you both very much.I think Tdol is right. I messed up. Maybe 'before three hours have gone by' would work as well, but that is cumbersome. 'Less than' is the best choice.Gratefully,Navi.

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    Re: but I don't think I will be back

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Before three hours sounds odd to me. How about something like in less than?
    If I replace 'How' by "What' in the above sentence, it seems more correct to me. Am i right?

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    #6

    Re: but I don't think I will be back

    You can use both "what about..." and "how about..." when making a suggestion.


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    Re: but I don't think I will be back

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you both very much.I think Tdol is right. I messed up. Maybe 'before three hours have gone by' would work as well, but that is cumbersome. 'Less than' is the best choice.Gratefully,Navi.
    Note that the suggestion was "in less than" to replace "before".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: but I don't think I will be back

    Quote Originally Posted by Shad View Post
    If I replace 'How' by "What' in the above sentence, it seems more correct to me. Am i right?
    No- it is as correct.

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