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    by this time tomorrow, we will (have)

    Hi,

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    67. By this time tomorrow we ...... the meeting.

    A. will have
    B. will have had
    C. are having
    D. will had had

    The correct one is option B. But I cannot understand why A is wrong.

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    Re: by this time tomorrow, we will (have)

    'By' mean 'no later than and possibly before. In either case, the meeting will no longer be going on at the time.

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    #3

    Re: by this time tomorrow, we will (have)

    Is option A also correct?

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    Re: by this time tomorrow, we will (have)

    No. We will have a meeting would suggest that you will begin a meeting.

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    Re: by this time tomorrow, we will (have)

    The deciding factor is the object of the sentence; "the meeting". A meeting is a thing that occurs or progresses over time.

    "Will have had" means "we will have finished" when paired with a progressive event like a meeting, or breakfast, or a nap.

    "Will have" is different. You could follow it with a past simple verb: "will have started", "will have received". You can also follow it with a noun (in which case "will have" means "will possess", but the noun cannot represent a progressive event; it must be an entity that can exist in a single moment. Something that just "is".

    "Will have an answer", "will have the package".

    Hence, the sentence as is does not allow the use of "will have". You cannot "possess" a meeting. Unless you are an evil spirit or something.

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