Can the phrase "later today" refer to the past as follows?

A: When did you give John the document?

B: Later today.

I'd appreciate your help.

  • No, it cannot. You did something earlier today, or you will do it later today. – Kate Bunting Mar 11 '20 at 10:53
  • As Kate says. later that day would refer to the past. – Ronald Sole Mar 11 '20 at 10:54
  • How about "later in the day"? – Apollyon Mar 11 '20 at 10:59

"Did" is the past tense of the verb "to do", and here is being used to ask about the past.

When did you give John the document?

In the answer you give, "later today" is in the future, so it seems wrong. However - if you mean to answer that you didn't give it to John yesterday, but you will do it today, that is fine - you just need to explain that, otherwise it makes no sense.

You could answer:

I didn't give it him yesterday, but I will give it to him later today.

Or the more succinct:

I will give it to him later today.

  • What if I mean to say I didn't give the document to John early in the morning but later? – Apollyon Mar 11 '20 at 11:44

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