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how to use by the time in English

Today we answer Kate’s question about how we use “by the time” and you’ll see three examples of how we use it in native conversation.

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Here is Kate’s question:

“Greetings from Thailand! I am Kate and my English skills aren’t too good.

You both are my inspiration to learn an American accent. I have a grammar question to ask you both.

How do I use “by the time” in spoken and written English.

I hope to hear it soon on the podcast.”

-Kate, Thailand

 

Three situations where we use “by the time”:

  • It’s used for something that happened on or before a specific time that something else occurred.
    • “By the time I got to work I had already finished my coffee.”
    • “By the time we started recording today Michelle had already taught for two hours.”

 

  • It’s used when we talk about expectations or visions for the future
    • “By the time I am 35 I will have met the love of my life.”
    • “By the time I talk to you next I will have already traveled to India”

 

  • It’s used when we expect something to be completed by a certain point
    • “By the time you get home dinner will be ready.”
    • “By the time I see you next you will already be married.”

 

 

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Do we use “by the time” in writing?

We might use it in a novel or in a journal.

You could apply this in a business context.

 

 

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What do you envision for your life in the future?

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