He wakes up by 6:00 at the earliest" or maybe "at the latest",

I would like to say one wakes up at 6 o clock or after it. how to say this in different forms?


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    Your first example is perfect. "at the earliest" means that he never wakes up earlier than 6 am... so he may wake up at 7 or 9 but never 5.
    – Catija
    Sep 27 '15 at 16:57
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    And at the latest would mean the exact opposite: that he is never asleep after 6:00. Sep 27 '15 at 18:52
  • Also, "He wakes up no earlier than 6:00" or "He never wakes up before 6:00" But do you really mean "wakes up" (becomes conscious of his surroundings and opens his eyes) or do you mean "gets up" (gets out of bed).
    – Jim
    Sep 27 '15 at 23:15
  • You've answered your own question actually. Well done.
    – Varun Nair
    Dec 7 '15 at 11:09

"He wakes up by 6:00 at the earliest" implies that he will not wake up before 6:00. He could wake up anytime after 6:00. If you had used 'latest', that would mean that he would get up anytime before 6:00, with 6:00 being the upper limit. If you want to say one wakes up at 6:00 or anytime after 6:00, you could say:

"He wakes up by 6:00 at the earliest" (As you suggested).

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