For example, if someone said

They want it to be finished before September.

Does that mean the work should be finished by Aug 31 or Sep 30 at least?

  • Work should be completed by or before August 31.
    – Ram Pillai
    Sep 2 '20 at 1:38

It means that the work should be finished by August 31st.

Think about it like any other time frame. If you asked me to come to your house before 2:00 PM, I think you'd be mad if I came at 2:59 PM.

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