A HR person asked me to prepare some documents and give them to her later, and I was trying to ask for the deadline of the submission I guess. Are the following setences correct or do they sound natural?

  1. what is the deadline for when I have/need to give you the documents?
  2. what is the latest time/date I have/need to give you the documents?
  3. until what time do I need to give you the documents

Also are there any other ways I can say this?

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    "What is the deadline for handing in the documents?" "What date/time do you need the documents by?" (3) is not idiomatic. Apr 8, 2022 at 9:34
  • Due is the English word that establishes a deadline. A due date is when something is required to be delivered. When are they due? is how you would ask the question.
    – EllieK
    Apr 19, 2022 at 14:01

1 Answer 1


As @KatBunting has mentioned:

What is the deadline for handing in the documents?

You could also say:

When would you need/want the documents handed in?


When are the documents due?

  • I've never asked for a deadline. Not even once. It's cumbersome. Due is the most common way to ask for simple deadlines.
    – EllieK
    Apr 19, 2022 at 14:04

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