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Hi guys, I'm Chris and I have an exam in English soon - and I've got a problem with a couple of questions.

Would you rather say:

Please hand in your essays on next Monday the latest

Please hand in your essays by next Monday at the latest

Please hand in your essays until next Monday in the latest

Rooms should be vacated by midday at the latest
Rooms should be vacated until midday at last

Rooms should be vacated at midday in the last

Also, would you say there are many countries at the Equator, on the Equator or in the Equator?

I'd be really grateful if you also provided en explanation. Thanks a lot.
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But I think it's a little bit sneaky to avoid saying what something is, by simply calling it part of a complex structure.

Advangi,

No,no, there is no avoiding here. I am making this argument based on how I under the sentence and with logical grammar. Based on the sentence in discussion, "Hand in your essay by Monday at the lastest" , if there is not comma placed between Monday and "the latest", wouldn't you agree that the underlined can be treated as a single prep. phrase?

On the ohter hand if the sentence were writen as " You must hand in your essay by Monday (comma) at the lastest" , a break would have been created and only then your earlier assessment is true.

We may need the top gun to shed some light on this.
Not fair! If we're thinking of the same top gun, I believe he favors your approach. Emotion: big smile
Goodman wouldn't you agree that the underlined can be treated as a single prep. phrase?
To me, this is a slippery slope. Of course the answer to your question is Yes, I would agree. But why do you have to lock it up and throw away the key? May it not still be considered to have component parts?
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