You should probably start writing your essay on "To Kill a Mockingbird" sometime before the bus ride to school the day it is due.

I can't understand the last part of sentence "the day it is due"

Does it mean the reader should start writing an essay and do it in his/her free times before bus arrival?

The word sometime is not plural. Does it mean the reader just have to write essay in one day?

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What the text means is that the writer should start on the essay before s/he catches the bus to school on the day that the essay has to be handed in.

The day that something is due means the day that it has to be delivered or completed or paid.

People also talk about the due date meaning that date by which something must be done - often the date by which a debt must be repaid.


  • Isn't using this phrase awkward? Jan 10, 2019 at 18:40
  • We don't usually say the day that something is due. We say that something is due on/by (whatever day) or that the due date is (whatever date). And these are perfectly idiomatic phrases. Jan 10, 2019 at 19:02

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