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    angelsrolls is offline Member
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    first of the year

    Hello,

    "The two companies will probably merge by the first of the year."

    Source: Building Skills for Proficiency by Cesur Öztürk

    What does the first of the year mean in the context above? Does it mean the first day of the year or the first quarter of the year?

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    bubbha is offline Senior Member
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    Re: first of the year

    It means January 1.
    NOT A TEACHER. Translator and editor, and I hold a TESOL certificate. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: first of the year

    I'd assume January 1st, but I wonder whether it could also mean April 1st for countries whose tax year starts in April.

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