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Deadline: "by the"

Deadline: "by the"

Deadline: "by the"


When a deadline is set as follows:

Document XXX is required by the 10th December.

Does that mean that I can provide the required document on the 10th December, say no later than 23h59 and be okay?
Or shall it be provided the day before.

I am not in position to send a query to the concerned party, in order to clarify any ambiguity.

I know this may be a classical question, please excuse this.
I am on a situation where I need to be play safe on this one...


RE: Deadline: "by the"

By dictionary (smile) "by" means "no later than", so 23:59 should be OK.

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RE: Deadline: "by the"

You can also send it on the first of December if you have it ready.
Sooner may be better. With later you could find out it got there TOO Late.

Sometimes its possible to do all the right things and still get bad results

RE: Deadline: "by the"

If you are not in a position to send a query then it seems likely that you are not in a position to guess wrong.

So deliver before COB 9-December.

RE: Deadline: "by the"

8:00 am on the 10th would be my safest guess.


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RE: Deadline: "by the"

I think most would interpret the deadline to be close of business on the 10th.

RE: Deadline: "by the"

Ok guys! there is consensus that 10th is okay as earlier as possible before COB is best.
Thanks very much for your help.

RE: Deadline: "by the"

Ambiguous, always is and always was.
It is just as easy to set a specific time, ie, "no later than 5pm on the 10th December"

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia.)

RE: Deadline: "by the"

Agree that close of business on Dec 10 is appropriate

RE: Deadline: "by the"

in my professional life I always seen as specified by Artisi

RE: Deadline: "by the"

Yes, this is a classical question. All above is correct. However, for larger contracts (for instance offshore North-Sea) it is often more precisely stated as 'in our hands (with given address) within December 10th'. Often time is added (within December 10th 10.00 pm).

We normally arrange to deliver by hand to get a written receipt, and also not before the given day to avoid possible pre-opening and misuse by leakage to competitors.

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