meaning of avant vs d'ici

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meaning of avant vs d'ici

The last sentence again: and by midday, we were able to go outside......

was translated as: et avant midi, nous avons pu sortir......

Doesn't 'avant midi' mean before noon? I put d'ici midi and was marked incorrect.

Asked 2 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour G,

‘d’ici midi’ isn’t acceptable here as it refers to a future event:

Ils finiront d'ici deux heures they will finish within two hours

                                                              they will finish by two o’clock

Je dois partir d'ici deux heures I have to leave within two hours

Je dois rentrer d’ici midi = I have to go home by noon

‘A snow storm to remember’ is about a past event. Therefore, ‘d’ici’ wouldn’t work in this context as it expresses the starting point of something happening right now.

See link here: by-point-in-time-d-ici

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

meaning of avant vs d'ici

The last sentence again: and by midday, we were able to go outside......

was translated as: et avant midi, nous avons pu sortir......

Doesn't 'avant midi' mean before noon? I put d'ici midi and was marked incorrect.

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