By the time I get to the theater, the movie will have not started.

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stephenlearner

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

Is this sentence correct?
By the time I get to the theater, the movie will have not started.​

I think it is, but I am not sure.

Thanks a lot.
 
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    "By the time" indicates that something will change betwen now and that time mentioned. In your case, nothing is changing. "Not" starting is not a change.
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    Is this sentence correct?
    By the time I get to the theater, the movie will have not started.
    It is not correct. Kentix is correct. Here is an example:

    Let's assume the movie will start at 6. You will get there at 5:45. The time now is 5:15.

    "By the time I get there" does not mean "at 5:45". "By the time I get there" means "any time between now and 5:45". It could be 5:16. It could be 5:33. It is not restricted: "by" talks about the whole time period.

    As kentix says, use this phrase if you expect something to happen during this time period.
    Then it is correct. For example, the theatre changes prices at 5:30 pm. So you say:

    By the time I get there, they will have changed prices.
     

    stephenlearner

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Thank you very much. Can I say "By the time I get to the theater, the movie will have started"? I think there is a change. The change is that the movie will have started.
     
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