Harvard Business Review
"Where do you see yourself in five years?"
In this example, the "in five years" is more or less the same as "after five years", I believe.
My questions are the below two points:
Does the phrase "in + number + years" ALWAYS equal to "after (the number) years" as long as it is used in reference to the future events?
Is there any case you use the phrase to mean "within (the number) years to come"?
For many years, I thought that "in + number + years" could mean "sometime within the number of years, but now I'm not sure. Please kindly advise me.
- Although I said in my original post above "In this example, the "in five years" is more or less the same as "after five years", I believe.", what I meant is "five years from now", not "after five years".
- Below chart is the image I have for "in five years".
- Under my assumption above, I would like to ask you whether "Something will happen in 5 years." can also mean "Something will happen within 5 years." or not.