Dans vs d'ici

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Dans vs d'ici

What is the difference between "Vous recevrez une réponse d'ici une semaine." and "Vous recevrez une réponse dans une semaine."? Can they be used interchangebly?

Asked 2 years ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Emre, my understanding and interpretation:

Je le ferai (I will do it)

“d’ici une semaine” - by one week, or within one week (I am not saying when but giving you my deadline for completion)

“dans une semaine” -  in 1 week (I will do it then, not before)

“en une semaine” - over 1 week. (It will take me a week to do)

En vs Dans with time (French Prepositions of Time)

By + [point in time] = d'ici [moment] in French

Dans vs d'ici

What is the difference between "Vous recevrez une réponse d'ici une semaine." and "Vous recevrez une réponse dans une semaine."? Can they be used interchangebly?

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