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    At the longest.

    You should get married at least by the age of 35 at the longest.

    Please check.

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    Re: At the longest.

    ... at the latest.

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    Re: At the longest.

    Using "by" negates the need for "at the latest". If you say "I think you/people should get married by the age of 35", it's clear that you think that is the upper age by which they should be married.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: At the longest.

    I don't find 'at the latest' unnatural. 'By ... at the latest' is often used to suggest that the speaker actually thinks a lower/earlier figure is desirable. When my wife tells me to arrive somewhere by 5.30 at the latest, I know that she'll be getting edgy if I am not there by 5.15.
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    Re: At the longest.

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    The reaction of my wife if I ever dare to turn up at the latest time appointed is similar to the probably apocryphal story of King Louis XIV of France who, when his coach drew up just as he stepped out of his palace, remarked with some displeasure "J'ai failli attendre" (I almost had to wait).

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