by a certain time (e.g., by Friday, by next week)

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by Chez Millie, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. Chez Millie New Member

    Salut, les copains! Question is, how do I say "by Friday (or any other point in time)"? I've worked around it like this "Il faut le compléter avant vendredi" but it feels anglified and wrong. Thanks.
  2. moustic Senior Member

    near Limoges, Fr.
    British English
    Hello and welcome to the forum Chez Millie.

    From the WR dictionary:
    by prep (time: not later than) d'ici à prép
    You must have the report done by Monday.
    Tu dois avoir terminé le rapport d'ici à lundi
  3. jetset

    jetset Senior Member

    D'ici vendredi
    Avant vendredi

    Both structures work.
  4. Chez Millie New Member

    merci, moustic et jetset!
  5. andiamco13 New Member

    English - American
    Will this work for other contexts? I want to say that I need to pick up my dog by 5 o'clock.
    Je dois récuperer ma chienne d'ici à 17h?
  6. ain'ttranslationfun? Senior Member

    US English
    I'd go with "pas plus tard que", (pour) à xxxx au plus tard". "by" in this context indicates the latest that something can happen, a deadline.

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