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Can 'by' be replaced with 'around', 'before' or 'in' in the sentence “japan pushes back budget surplus target by two years due to coronavirus”?

this is my sentence 'japan pushes back budget surplus target by two years due to coronavirus' why the preposition is 'by'? I looked up and understanded the usage "by + a certain time" as: ...
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How to write a period of time in formal writing?

I'm working on my thesis and i want to ask whether these formats of dates are correct: 1_ IT lasts from the 8th to the 15th of December, 2019. 2_ From January 26th to Fabruary 2nd, 2020 I also want ...
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Which is a more correct way of referring to an amount of time that has passed since something happened? [duplicate]

I was watching a show where a character made the statement, It's been years since I've played that game. I thought that was odd, since I'd have said something like, It's been years since I played ...
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Does “having” a child refer to when the child was conceived, or to the time of their birth?

If I was conceived during a romantic vacation in Paris but was born some months later in Ohio, would it be right to say "my parents had me in Paris" or "my parents had me in Ohio"? ...
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Which sentence is right: “On Saturdays I play video games.” vs “I play video games on Saturdays”?

Which sentence is correct: On Saturdays I play video games. I play video games on Saturdays. I think that both are correct but I got this sentence as incorrect in a test. I searched the web for ...
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Complication about using present perfect tense with other tenses

Since English is my foreign language, I always run into some unforeseen complication when describing daily activities I have just done in my daily journal. That is, I often use present perfect ...
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What class of word are “to” and “past” in “ten past two”, “five to three” etc

When talking about times, 5:30 can be read "half past five" 5:40 can be read "twenty to six" etc. What is the name of this type of word: to or past, in that context? I'm not sure ...
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How to understand time through sentences?

I have a hard time understanding where someone refers to time in sentences. For example, "The manager of the team X is in Spain". There have been many managers through time for a single team....
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What's the difference in usage for 'there's a time' vs. 'there's time' vs. 'there's the time'? [closed]

What's the difference in usage for 'there's a time' vs. 'there's time' vs. 'there's the time'? Is the last one even correct? Similarly, what's the difference between 'it was a time' vs. 'it was the ...
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What time period does 'until last week' include?

What time period does 'until last week' include? In the following sentence - 'Here are the letters I recieved from John, until last week'. Would the list of letters also include the ones I recieved ...
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Use of Grade Levels Instead of Age [closed]

Why do Americans use grade levels to indicate the passage of time instead of actual age? (i.e. “When I was in 12th grade” vs. “When I was 17, 18, etc.)
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Does “moving a meeting forward” mean the time will be earlier or later?

Suppose I say "We're moving the 12 PM meeting forward 2 hours", does that mean the meeting is at 10 AM or 2 PM?
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Two words related to “anachronism” but having exclusive references to past and future

I'd like to identify two words related to anachronism: one having an exclusive association to past, and the other to future. According to Lexico, anachronism means: A thing belonging or appropriate ...
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Preposition “in/on” when referring to a date range

This question is different from On vs At with date and time. I am trying to write a sentence saying that some conversation happened at a conference "in/on" May 1--6. I am having a hard time choosing ...
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Should it always be “when someone did action X someone else HAD done action Y?”

I have encountered this sentence: "She was dancing when he started to play music" From what I know, it should be: "She had been dancing when he started to play music" My question is: is the first ...
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Adjective or noun for “uses rules that are commonly accepted even if not consistent”

I'm working on defining technical terms to explain three ways to calculate the length of time between two points in time despite the oddities of Daylight Saving Time (DST): Always use real-world ...
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Short format indicating the next day in a calendar app

I'm developing a scheduling logic like below. To avoid confusion, I want to attach each post-midnight time selection with an additional short string indicating that the time belongs to the next day. ...
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In England and other 24-hour-clock places, is it valid/common to say “sixteen o'clock” etc.?

I just heard Winnie-the-Pooh claim that his clock (which doesn't seem to function at all) is "sixteen o'clock". I assume that this was meant as a joke by the silly old bear. However, they do have a ...
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Time of day between morning and noon

My native language is German, and I also speak English quite well. But there is one thing that has puzzled me for years, and I still haven't found an answer. It's about the names of times during a ...
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Can 'this', as in 'this day' or 'on this day' be used for future reference?

I have recently stumbled upon this sentence: 5th June is perfect. Do you think you can come this day? The time frame of the utterance was more than two weeks before the date mentioned. And I am ...
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Listing two sets of times. 8 months, 7 days since we ____ and 1 years, 3 months, 24 days since we first began to ___

I'm trying to write out a sentence with two sets of times. 6 months, 3 days since we ____ and 1 years, 4 months, 28 days since we first began ______. This just doesn't feel right to me.
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Part-Time and Freelance working schedules: set, or on-demand

I'm trying to find a way to use fairly formal/professional language to describe two different models for work. I have a rough idea of the two models, but I am currently only able to use informal ...
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Why is 'which' the correct relative pronoun in this sentence, and not 'when'..?

At ten to nine, which is just before the exam begins, please make sure you assemble outside the hall. This sentence is giving me a headache. The relative pronoun refers to the time ten to nine so why ...
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Do I always need “for” before time?

I would like to know if I always need "for" to mention time. Could you teach me when I should use "for" and when I shouldn't? (Background of this question: When I said "I slept for 7 hours last night"...
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When is afternoon? When is evening? When is night? Is there another meal after dinner? [duplicate]

I'm a beginner here, and I have a question about the evening/night meal, and this is my first question. It's evening. The family is eating dinner. From when until when is it considered to be "...
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Bimestrial - frequency of use or alternatives

I would like advice on the word bimestrial. Here on Brazil its equivalent is commonly used, but I've noticed it might not be so used in English. But what would be the alternatives? For example, in ...
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“would” and “will” after “when” for generalization

I need help, a second eye to proofread the following: "This method precludes an instance when the user has/will have their device broken." AND: "This method precluded an instance when the user had/...
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“I am having” or “I have”?

I found this question in a test paper of an International English Competition. The task was to put the verb in brackets into the correct tense: I can't come. I _______ (have) piano lessons at that ...
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Words for 3 Days From Now and 2 Days From Now

The best i could find was triduum for three days which (correct me if i’m wrong) is more of a celebration than a unit of measure. So, is there a word for 3 days from now and 2 days from now? I don’...
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How do people greet each other when in different time zones?

How do people greet each other when they are in different time zones? For example, suppose there is a phone call between two people: one is in Central European Time 1600 (say Germany, in the ...
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Specified time in the Past in the Reported Speech

I am learning Reported Speech in the Past now. In my English textbook there is a rule: "When it is provided when exactly the action happened, you can leave the Past Simple as it is". I was looking it ...
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Time of a day in a scientific article

I am writing a scientific article and have a question regarding the time of day. I am using the the system without a.m. and p.m.. So I have time of days like: 9:00, 15:00 (3 p.m.) and 23:00 (11 p.m.). ...
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Difference between present perfect and past simple (in a sentence without a finished time word)

In my book I saw the sentence: No one was around, so she decided to explore the path. Could not be "she has decided"? There is no finished time word. I don't understand why.
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Can you use Present Continuous for non-habitual actions with exact time?

I'm already aware of the difference between these two sentences: I work for this company. I'm working for this company. However, I'm not very sure if this is the same for actions with specific time. ...
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Is there a word to encompass the concept of daylight saving time and standard time?

If I need to talk about the concept of the switching between daylight saving time vs non-daylight saving time, is there a term specific to that? I can say something like "Tomorrow, we'll change ...
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“The 1800s” versus “the 19th century”?

As a non-native English speaker, who never says "Xth century" in my language, phrases such as: In the late 19th century, they invented a lot of cool stuff! ... always forces me to stop and think ...
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Using colon in display of numerical time DURATION

What was Jeff's time? +--------+----------------------+ | Person | Time taken (minutes) | +--------+----------------------+ | Jeff | 0:06 | | John | 0:07 | | Peter ...
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Numeral prefixes of tidal constituents [closed]

If tidal constituents with frequencies of one, two, three, and four cycles per day (respectively, periods of one, a half, a third, and a fourth of a day) were to be termed systematically based on ...
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Meaning of 'Within 24 hours they will be shown for a & b times respectively' in this problem:

In a movie theatre two movies 'Avengers' and 'Inception' with running time of 3 & 4 hours respectively and ticket price of 15$ & 25$ respectively will be shown. Within 24 hours they will be ...
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Is the sentence “Do you know how short 7 minutes IS” grammatically incorrect? [duplicate]

In this video at this time code, two of the various cops say "Do you know how short 7 minutes is?" Is that grammatically incorrect, since "7 minutes" is plural? Or is that just informal language? Or ...
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What do you call the 12-24 hour aspect of a timestamp? (not format)

Is there a word to denote whether the timestamp is in 24 hour format or 12 hour format? Programmers usually call it format, but format can apply to the entire timestamp. Wikipedia calls them ...
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For a month vs. A month, Past Tense?

What is the difference between these two sentences? My expensive shoes only lasted a month. My expensive shoes only lasted for a month. Could we omit “for“? Does the phrase “a month” always ...
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Difference between “per month” and “monthly”

I've referred Is there any difference between “monthly average” and “average per month”? But I want more clearer answer most difference of it. Per Month - I've to pay $100 per month as wages. ...
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What's the -nym for describing a time of day or a period of time?

We have these... Morning, afternoon, evening, night, day, and it's like night and day Midnight and noon, and high noon Yesterday, today, and tomorrow Earlier, later, and now Four O'Clock 2300 hours ...
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What are all the different ways in which we can refer to time in English?

I am trying to wrap my head around the ways in which we can refer to time in English. The following list is what I have been able to come up with: 1- Tense 2- Auxiliary constructions 3- Temporal ...
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Which abbreviation to use for the current observed time in Central Europe?

When I talk to colleagues I want to write "Let's meet 10am London / 11am Europe", but I want to use an abbreviation. I used to write "10am GMT / 11am CET". But if it were daylight savings time this ...
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Date and time on one line

How does one display a date and a time on one line? Example: Sep 25, 2019 20:59 How would this be displayed on one line? Adding another , after 2019 does not look/feel right to me. Is there a rule?
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What word can I use to imply that one has almost 'travelled in time' to see past results?

I have a set of sales data. This data has information for orders confirmed on or before "x" date. But there is also a date for the delivery of the goods. We are targeted each month not on orders ...
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How to correctly say time in English?

This is my first question on this website! I want to say something like "The meeting will be held at 9:30 in the morning of Sep 12, 2019." and "I will be on a travelling business in Sep 30, 2019." ...
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Thank God it's Friday, tomorrow is THE weekend. Why the definite article?

Today is Friday. Tomorrow is the weekend. In terms of grammar, how is the definite article justified there? We say: It's noon. It's 12 o'clock. It's August. It's 2019. But we also ...

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