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    by late afternoon

    I read this sentence in the McGraw-Hill Social Studies book: Understanding United States:

    By late afternoon, the Byler's new barn is finished.

    Could we say 'By the late afternoon,...'? And what about 'By afternoon' or 'In the late afternoon'?

    Thank you.

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    Re: by late afternoon

    "By late afternoon" would mean, probably, around five o'clock.
    "By afternoon" would mean, to me, about one o'clock.

    "By late afternoon" and "by afternoon" emphasize the end of an action.
    We should be there by Wednesday.
    I'll try to be ready by five.
    The publisher wants my book by December.
    The traffic was heavy, but we got there by ten o'clock.

    But:
    It is hot in the late afternoon.
    They were still working in the late afternoon.
    Late in the evening, people started to leave.
    Late in December, the western world celebrates Christmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I read this sentence in the McGraw-Hill Social Studies book: Understanding United States:

    By late afternoon, the Byler's new barn is finished.

    Could we say 'By the late afternoon,...'? And what about 'By afternoon' or 'In the late afternoon'?

    Thank you.

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    Re: by late afternoon

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I read this sentence in the McGraw-Hill Social Studies book: Understanding United States:

    By late afternoon, the Byler's new barn is finished.

    Could we say 'By the late afternoon,...'? And what about 'By afternoon' or 'In the late afternoon'?

    Thank you.
    In my opinion, "By late in the afternoon" means : before the end of the affternoon. It's very simple
    good luck

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