Marcel sera rentré d'ici une heure.

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Kwiziq community member

6 June 2018

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Marcel sera rentré d'ici une heure.

Je comprends qu'on veut dire qu'il sera rentré chez lui <within et by>.  Mais, je ne crois pas qu'il soit une difference entre les deux.  On dit en anglais, il sera rentre chez lui dans une heure...? Ça veut dire <he will be home in one hour ou quoi?

This question relates to:
French lesson "By + [point in time] = d'ici ..."


Kwiziq community member

7 June 2018


Hi Donald,

I think that "une heure" in this context refers to a time span. If you wanted to make it clear that you were speaking of a point in time, I guess you'd use "une heure du matin".

-- Chris (not a native speaker).


Kwiziq language super star

8 June 2018


Hi Donald,

Il sera rentré chez lui dans une heure. 

could be translated - He will be home in an hour's time.

The difference being -

d'ici une heure= within the hour (but no longer)

dans une heure = in an hour's time (you don't expect him to be home before that time).

Hope this helps!

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