1. It will be 3 by the time I reach office
  2. It will be 3 by the time I'll reach office.
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    It is always recommended to wait until you have received at least three answers before awarding someone. Not everyone at EL&U are native speakers, and those who are, are not always infallible. Good answers will usually receive upvotes, and vice versa. – Mari-Lou A Apr 21 '14 at 13:12
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    Neither one correct -- both examples need article before office. Also, your question no verb. Need is. – John Lawler Apr 21 '14 at 15:43
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    @John: Also feel need to point out your final sentence no subject. – FumbleFingers Apr 21 '14 at 17:19
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the first one is good.

the second sentence needs editing. it should be "it will be 3 by the time I get to the office" or "by the time I will reach the office, it'll be 3".

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  • Hi can you tell me why 1st one is correct and why "by the time I will reach the office, it'll be 3" is correct and "It will be 3 by the time I'll reach office." is incorrect – user72668 Apr 21 '14 at 9:00
  • it is not incorrect, and that is why I wrote it needs editing. formally, the word "office" in the second sentence needs to be preceded by an article. in this case, "the". it should be "it'll be 3 by the time I will reach the office". – vickyace Apr 21 '14 at 9:05
  • 2. It'll be 3 by the time I'll reach the office. – Tucker Apr 21 '14 at 10:09
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    This is wrong. Native speakers simply don't say "by the time I will reach the office". It's always either "by the time I reached the office" if reporting on events that happened in the past, or "by the time I reach the office" for future or hypothetical events. – FumbleFingers Apr 21 '14 at 13:09
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    @Mari-Lou: I'm referring to the answer and the comments, which both include the same error. Not to mention which as of right now the OP has also clearly been misled by this incorrect advice (he's repeated the tense error in his comment, and accepted the erroneous answer). The "tensed" clause which identifies whatever time is being referenced is always past or present. Any further references to that time are almost always past or future as appropriate. – FumbleFingers Apr 21 '14 at 13:25

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