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

AnnC1

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

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

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!

AnnC1
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.

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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