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    What is the earliest I need to reach somewhere?

    Can we ask someone the following questions?

    1) What is the earliest I need to reach somewhere?

    2) What is the latest I can turn up somewhere?

    Tom: what is the latest I can reach there?

    Ann: What do you mean by latest?

    Tom: I mean, the time beyond or after which you are not allowed to enter that place or the time by which you need to reach there any how.

    Ann: Okay, 3 PM is the latest you can reach here.

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    Re: What is the earliest I need to reach somewhere?

    No, that's not natural. Provide a more specific context please. Why can't you enter the place after a particular time?

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    Re: What is the earliest I need to reach somewhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    1) What is the earliest I need to reach somewhere?

    2) What is the latest I can turn up somewhere?

    Tom: what is the latest I can reach there?

    Ann: What do you mean by latest?

    Tom: I mean, the time beyond or after which you are not allowed in. to enter that place or the time by which you need to reach there any how.

    Ann: Okay, 3 PM is the latest you can get in. reach here.
    I've removed quite a lot of text. We can't tell what you're trying to write when you include several different possible versions separated by or. Don't do this.

    I can't think of any context in which sentence 1 would be natural. Sentence 2 would be OK if you named the place. "Somewhere" doesn't work there.

    Why did you stop numbering your sentences after number 2?
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    Re: What is the earliest I need to reach somewhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I've removed quite a lot of text. We can't tell what you're trying to write when you include several different possible versions separated by or. Don't do this.

    I can't think of any context in which sentence 1 would be natural. Sentence 2 would be OK if you named the place. "Somewhere" doesn't work there.

    Why did you stop numbering your sentences after number 2?

    Can we ask someone the following questions?

    1) What is the earliest I need to reach for the interview?

    2) What is the latest I can turn up for the interview?

    3) Tom: what is the latest I can reach there?

    4) Ann: What do you mean by latest?

    5) Tom: I mean, the time after which you are not allowed in for the interview.

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    The time by which you need to reach for the interview.

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    Ann: Okay, 3 PM is the latest you can reach here.

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    Re: What is the earliest I need to reach somewhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Can we ask someone the following questions?

    1) What is the earliest I need to reach for the interview?

    2) What is the latest I can turn up for the interview?

    3) Tom: what is the latest I can reach there?

    4) Ann: What do you mean by latest?

    5) Tom: I mean, the time after which you are not allowed in for the interview.

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    The time by which you need to reach for the interview. [Not a sentence, and you don't "reach for" a time.]

    7) Ann: Okay, 3 PM is the latest you can reach here.
    In number 7, Ann should say 3 PM is the latest you can get here. Saying "here" means she is at the site of the interview.

    Thanks for numbering your sentences.
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    Re: What is the earliest I need to reach somewhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In number 7, Ann should say 3 PM is the latest you can get here. Saying "here" means she is at the site of the interview.

    Thanks for numbering your sentences.
    Could you please tell me the correct way of saying these sentences (the wrong ones)?

    1) What is the earliest I need to reach your office for the interview?

    3) Tom: what is the latest I can reach there?

    6)
    The time by which I need to reach your office for the interview.

    7) Ann: Okay, 3 PM is the latest you can get here.

    I tried to amend the wrong ones except third sentence because I don't know what is wrong there.

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    Re: What is the earliest I need to reach somewhere?

    How about:

    What's the earliest/latest I need to be there by?

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    Re: What is the earliest I need to reach somewhere?

    In American English you can ask What's the latest I can get​ there?
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    Re: What is the earliest I need to reach somewhere?

    That works in BrE too.

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    Re: What is the earliest I need to reach somewhere?

    Come to think of it, this is more natural: When​'s the latest I can get there?
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