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Deadlines

Setting a Deadline

Deadline

Q  I’d like to set a deadline.  When I use “before,” does it include the day specified?  e.g.  “before Thursday”

A_  No.

“Before Thursday” means the latest day for it to be done is Wednesday.

If Thursday at 2 p.m. is when you want it, say, “The deadline for this project is 2 pm Thursday.”

Setting a Friendly Deadline

Friendly Deadline

Q  Thank you, but doesn’t it sound a little bossy?

A_  Oh.  I see.

Well for a more customer-friendly wording, use…

“I need to send those documents to Singapore Thursday, so I’m hoping you can send them to me on or before Wednesday.”

Deadline Phrases 

Deadline Phrases

  1. before – “We need to do it before January 3.”  (We must not wait until January 3.)
  2. on – “We need to do it on January 3.”  (We must wait until January 3 but not until January 4.)
  3. after – “We need to do it after January 3.”  (We must wait until January 4.)
  4. by – “We need to do it by January 3.” (We must not wait until January 3.)
  5. on or before – “We need to do it on or before January 3.” (We must not wait until January 4.)

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