If d'ici une heure can mean within an hour or by 1:00, how can one know which meaning to take from it?

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Ann

Kwiziq community member

26 June 2018

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If d'ici une heure can mean within an hour or by 1:00, how can one know which meaning to take from it?

This relates to:
By + [point in time] = d'ici ... -

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

27 June 2018

27/06/18

Hi Ann,


I think you would know from the context but you could always use 13 heures for 1 pm, taking away the confusion.


e.g.


Nous aurons la réponse d'ici une heure. (We'll have the answer within one hour.)


Nous aurons la réponse d'ici treize heures. (We'll have the answer by 1 pm.)


Hope this helps!

Ann

Kwiziq community member

27 June 2018

27/06/18

Yes, it does help. So in other words, it was a tricky question. But that's okay, I guess. Maybe it will help me to remember....when speaking I will use treize heures.

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