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If I write "I'll ship the goods in 4 days." in a business letter, does this mean

I'll ship the goods within 4 days, or after 4days?

This is really confusing...

Thanks in advance!
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Hi,

If I write "I'll ship the goods in 4 days." in a business letter, does this mean

I'll ship the goods within 4 days, or after 4days?

In most cases, I'd take it to mean 'at the end of a four-day period'.

But it's often unclear whether that means, for example, complete days, or including the day on which I say this.

For this reason, I recommend giving a specific date, or at least the day of the week.

Clive

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Hi Marriott

You might find this link interesting.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080211043117AAfeG45

Tom

I THINK when we talk about time, you can use both (but I'm not sure).

I'll be back in two hours.

I'll be back within two hours.

Tom
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mariottIf I write "I'll ship the goods in 4 days." in a business letter, does this mean
I'll ship the goods within 4 days, or after 4days?
To me it means that if I write the letter on Monday, I'll ship the goods on Friday -- not before or after. In other words, I will wait four days and then ship the goods.

CJ
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thanks so much Clive and CalifJim!!!!!