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    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)?

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    Re: By that time = at that time??

    Quote Originally Posted by Apollo_Doutrinador View Post
    "By then" = "then"? "by that time" = "at that time"?

    Which the difference?? What does "by" mean[s]? Which the synonyms to the word "by" on this case (by then, by that time)?
    "By" refers to an extent of time: "By that time the building was nearly finished"/"You should be on question 5 by now". All the time up to the point of speaking, something has been happening.

    "At" refers to a point in time: "At that time, and not before, you can go home"/"The train arrives at 15.09"/"We go home at 16.00."

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    BobK,

    Thank you!

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