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    • Join Date: Sep 2008
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    #1

    By that time = at that time?

    "By then" = "then"? "by that time" = "at that time"?

    Which the difference?? What does "by" means? Which the synonyms to the word "by" on this case (by then, by that time)?


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    #2

    Re: By that time = at that time?

    Both mean the same - at that point in time.

    "By" in this context = not later than.


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    #3

    Re: By that time = at that time?

    you can give me a better explanation?


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: By that time = at that time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apollo_Doutrinador View Post
    you can give me a better explanation?

    I am not sure I can be any clearer.

    Will the car be ready by 4.00 p.m.? I do not want to have to collect it later than that time, and can come any time before that time.

    Will the car be ready at 4.00p.m.? I will be collecting it at that time.

    I am intending to leave town at 4.00p.m. Will the car be ready by then [[by that hour]]?

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