By the time

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angel-girl1

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Hi,


  • By the time he finished, I had cooked dinner.
  • We will have finished our homework by the time they arrive.
'By the time' expresses the idea that one event has been completed before another.
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Please, which event completed first and which last?
 

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The homework is done before they arrive.
 

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By the time he finished, I had cooked dinner.
We will have finished our homework by the time they arrive.


The underlined events happened first. 'By the time (that)' has the idea of 'no later than the time (that)' / 'At or before the time (that)'
 
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