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    Talking 5 days in advance before leaving??

    Hello~
    Would you let me know the expression that you usually use in this context? I wish to know the most natural way.

    A: Tell me, which day can you fly?

    B: I haven't decied yet. What's that hurry? We still have time.

    A: No, we don't. It's Christmast soon, every one plan to travel.
    Travel agency said we have to book 5 days in advance before leaving, otherwise can't buy air tickets.

    or we have to book 5 days earlier before departure.
    or we have to book preir to 5days before departure.

    ..... what should I say?


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    Re: 5 days in advance before leaving??

    hi!

    A: Tell me, which day can you fly?

    B: I haven't decided yet. What's the hurry? We still have time.

    A: No, we don't. It's Christmas soon, everyone plans to travel.
    The travel agency said we have to book (at least) 5 days before departure otherwise we can't buy air tickets.

    that's it!

    we have to book 5 days earlier before departure. - NO
    we have to book preir to 5 days before departure. - NEITHER

    choose:

    We must/have to book 5 days before departure.
    We must/have to book at least 5 days before we leave.
    The booking must/has to be made at least 5 days before departure.
    The booking must/has to be made 5 days prior to departure.

    earlier-prior to-before -they all have the same meaning and should only be used once in a sentence. earlier doesn't fit in this context.

    i hope this was helpful and accurate!
    happy holidays!


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    Re: 5 days in advance before leaving??

    Many thanks for your help katrin

    Sorry but ,, would you tell me how can I use
    " 5 days in advance" and "5 days earlier" in this context?

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    Re: 5 days in advance before leaving??

    The travel agency said we have to book 5 days in advance, otherwise we can't buy air tickets.
    This is correct.

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