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    in time vs just in time

    Hi:

    I've studied the difference between 'in time' and 'just in time' from the books such as 'Grammar in Use' but I could't understand it at all. Could you please help me with that?

    For example, let's say that I've an appointment with the doctor at 15:00 and I arrive there at 14:55. If 14:55 is 'in time' so what is 'just in time'? Is it '14:59'?

    Thanks.

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    Re: in time vs just in time

    There is no definitive answer to your question but effectively, yes. If you're "in time" for your appointment, you're there before the time of the appointment. If you're "just in time", you probably rush in the door with barely a minute to spare, really hoping that the receptionist hasn't already assumed you're not coming and deleted your name from the list.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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