Just before eight


Senior Member
A: What time did you say we need to be there?

B: Just before eight.

A: Okay. Then we still have six hours.

Is 'just before eight' natural here if I want it to mean eight at the latest so anytime before that? Or could it be taken to mean at the exact time just before the clock strikes eight? Thanks. And if ambiguity, how could I fix it?

  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    If the "official" time is eight o'clock and you need to be there a little early, I would say "A bit before eight" or "a little before eight" rather than "just before eight". "Just before eight" sounds like it is meant as a precise time, perhaps 7:59. Owlman's alternatives are fine.