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What does within the hour mean Lets say it was three thirty and i said i would be at home within the hour does that mean i will be there by four or by four thirty?

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2009-10-02 16:25:50


within 60 minutes (which is one hour)

are your sure?

Actually, that is not correct. Within the hour means it will

occur before the next hour begins. In your situation, it would mean

4:00. If it was stated within the NEXT hour, that would mean 4:30.

We, as lazy speakers, have shortened it and most people accept it

as meaning within the next 60 minutes. But, when you are making

promises maybe you should state "Within the next hour when you mean

60 minutes. I know, splitting hairs, but...

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