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    arrives in time

    Which of these sentences are correct?
    Situation: I want to send a birthday present to someone whose birthday is on Sept. 20th. I hope it doesn't arrive one day or so too late.

    I hope my present...

    1 arrives in time.
    2 arrives on time.
    3 arrives on the dot.
    4 gets there on time.
    5 comes punctually.
    6 arrives on the stroke.
    7 arrives on schedule.
    8 is bang on time.

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    Re: arrives in time

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    Which of these sentences are correct?
    Situation: I want to send a birthday present to someone whose birthday is on Sept. 20th. I hope it doesn't arrive one day or so too late.

    I hope my present...

    1 arrives in time.
    2 arrives on time.
    3 arrives on the dot.
    4 gets there on time.
    5 comes punctually.
    6 arrives on the stroke.
    7 arrives on schedule.
    8 is bang on time.
    You're trying to use phrases that are to do with exact times and apply them to dates. They don't work. You can use "on time/on the dot/on the stroke of [hour]/bang on time" with specific times but the mail doesn't work like that.

    You simply want to express that you want it to get there before September 20th, so it just needs to arrive "in time" for his birthday.
    If the delivery company have promised that they will deliver it on, say, September 19th, you can say you hope it "arrives on schedule".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: arrives in time

    The Japanese post often delivers things bang on time.

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    Re: arrives in time

    "bang on time" is perfectly acceptable in BrE, just not in the context of post. I'm impressed by the Japanese postal system! In the UK, unless you pay an additional fee over and above the basic price of a stamp, there's no guarantee that your piece of post will turn up in a specific number of days, let alone at a specific time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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