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December 16, 2011, 20:25
Kalleh
I will get this to you by...
Recently I told a colleague that I'd get him my review by Thursday. By that I had meant by the end of the day on Thursday. However, as I thought about it, he might have been expecting it at the end of the day on Wednesday.

What do you think?
December 16, 2011, 23:21
BobHale
I;d use it to mean some time on Thursday.


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December 17, 2011, 05:16
Geoff
While I see your point regarding possible ambiguity, I would assume as does Bob - any time Thursday.


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December 17, 2011, 06:19
Proofreader
Of what year?


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December 17, 2011, 11:37
Geoff
Why, Proofreader, that would be 5772 - she's Jewish, you know. Big Grin


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December 17, 2011, 15:23
Proofreader
Doesn't look a day over 5,000.


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December 17, 2011, 17:30
BobHale
To be strictly accurate I'd assume by the end of the working day on Thursday.


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December 17, 2011, 19:44
Kalleh
Well, I'd worried that "by Thursday" meant any time before Thursday. I guess I was wrong.
December 17, 2011, 21:28
tinman
If he delivered it 10 minutes before quitting time on Thursday, he still got it in by Thursday.
December 19, 2011, 15:54
Caterwauller
If you'd said "By Thursday" to me, I'd expect it by the end of the day Wednesday.

If you said "on Thursday" or "by the end of Thursday" it would be more clear.


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December 19, 2011, 20:14
Kalleh
There you go, CW. Me too! In that context, I'd think by meant before. I think I used it wrong.
December 21, 2011, 05:22
Graham Nice
Monday morning at the earliest

"I'll get it to you by Thursday" is already an admission that something is late, so what difference can one more day make? That extra day is Friday and nobody is going to take a Friday deadline seriously because you are not going to take the weekend off to deal with the thing. Hence, Monday.
December 22, 2011, 20:41
Kalleh
Hmmm, that's another take on it. Wink
December 23, 2011, 06:02
bethree5
Actually Graham's sense of time on this one is culturally accurate for a large part of the world.