I had a situation of being asked to bring the lastest mail that I got. But then I wanted to ask how old it can be to be accepted. So I tried to think how I can ask my wonder. Here is the my thought.

It should be the mail that you got at least before 3 months from the day you ask for one.

At least before how many months should the mail that I got be?

  • Is the letter postmarked less than 3 months ago?
    – MaxW
    Mar 11 '16 at 1:49
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    Could you please clarify your question, it is confusing that way you've asked it.
    – Peter
    Mar 11 '16 at 2:03
  • I want to change first sentence to question.
    – user140774
    Mar 11 '16 at 2:06
  • The sentence that starts with 'It'
    – user140774
    Mar 11 '16 at 2:14
  • "Should it be... ?" It should be.
    – shin
    Mar 11 '16 at 2:46

You can just ask directly which mail the person wants.

Which mail do you want?

and ask until you know which one to bring.

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    To sound less aggressive: Which mail should I bring? And you can add: Please be more specific.
    – virolino
    Feb 6 '19 at 8:44

Are you living in the United States? Are you required to prove that you live at a particular address? Perhaps you are registering your children for school. If so, some possible forms of the question could be:

How recent does the piece of mail have to be? How old can the piece of mail be?

Some possible answers:

It must be something which you received within the last three months. It must be from within the last month. It must be no more than two months old.


Should I submit the mail for the last three months?

The last three months means nearest to the present time.

  • I was thinking to "Should I submit the mails of the last three months". Is the "of" correct ? ( I want to improve my knowledge about using prep.s. )
    – Cardinal
    Mar 11 '16 at 6:37
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    For denotes a period of time. You can't use of here.
    – V.V.
    Mar 11 '16 at 7:15

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