Definition By the time

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by (the end of the week): before, no later than (the end of the week)
The results will be announced by Monday. It will probably be Saturday but it could be Sunday.
Cashman should be here by now, he said he'd be here before 3 PM and it's now 3.30.

By the time (you read this, I will be gone): When (you read this, I will be gone), Before (you have read this, I will have gone)


  • "Otherwise, give me a chance, and I'll have a report for you by Tuesday."
  • "Tomorrow morning I have to finish an interim financial report, and Kevin still hasn't gotten back to me with the figures I need from the factories in Asia, and I already asked him eight times, and Bruno's going to be furious if the finished report isn't on his desk by 12."
  • "- You must check out by 8AM on your day of departure."
  • "I need, like, three thousand copies by Tuesday!"
  • "By the time it reaches Brazil, we will have missed the delivery deadline!"
  • "You must be in the dining room at 7.30 sharp , and have finished eating by 7.45 sharp ."
  • "Unless this contract is signed (in duplicate) by tomorrow, we will be forced to withdraw our 2.5 million dollar offer for the branding rights."
  • "If the Intergalactic Tax Office doesn't receive it by midnight, the planet will be destroyed!"
  • "I want that server by tomorrow, and I'm not taking "No" for an answer!"
  • "Be ready at the bus depot by 5 AM. Sorry, money is tight right now."

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