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When to use 'by' instead of 'at' or 'on' to specify time/date?

We use "by" to specify time or date, as in I have to go by 9 am. We can also use "at" here. When to use "by" / "on" / "at"? When "by" should be preferred over "before" or "till"?
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What does “by” mean if we are talking about a date?

... Must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. (GMT) on April 12, 2016. What does "by" mean in this context? Does that mean "before"? So the deadline is on April 12 at 11.59 p.m. GMT? And 11:59 p.m. = 23:59 (...
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Why did Yahoo write “by the end of 2016 January”, instead of “by the end of January 2016”

I was trying to do something with Coletto Calendar, but it just did not let me continue to use it. Some time later, I received a notification from Yahoo: To our valued customers...some reasons why ...
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“crimes against humanity during the 1992-95 war”

The amnesia about the continent’s capacity for slaughter will be broken in The Hague on Thursday, where judgment will be passed on Radovan Karadžić for charges of genocide and crimes against humanity ...
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What is the significance of this date wording?

What is the significance of this formulation: "31st January, Sunday, Midnight 2016" It means 12:00 am on January 30 (the beginning of the January 31) or 12:00 am on January 31 (the end of the ...
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In the early 2015 vs in early 2015

I came across a web site for touring. They said in the web page that "... was held in early 2015, and in Fall 2014". I am so confused by the sentence above, because our teachers used to teach us "in ...
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the definite article before numbers

The May 1, 2013, edition of the Ames Sentinel arrived in June. The Ames Sentinel—dated May 1, 2013—arrived in June. Could you explain to me the presence of the definite article in the first ...
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How should I say the date expression written 'on 27 July'?

How should I say the date written 'on 27 July' correctly? I was taught that such date can be read only as 'on the 27-th of July'. So my question is whether it's omitted only in written form and we ...
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Does “till Monday” include Monday?

My boss told me on Wednesday, "Please don't come to work til Monday." So when does this means I have to go back to work? On Monday or Tuesday?
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The use of the word “about” to qualify a date

Minutes and second hands were put on some clocks in (about) 1697. Can I use "about" before 1697 in the given sentence?
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Should one put the definite article before a date?

In the following examples, should the definite article "the" be present? This article will discuss all journal articles on the subject written between [the] 3rd December 2010 and [the] 20 January ...
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Which tense to use for a specific date

When a specific date is used as subject or object (instead of time adverbial), should I use present tense, or tense based on the date, or tense based on other context? For example, Today is 4/...
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How to write a date at the beginning of a sentence

What is a natural way of writing a date without indication of a year at the beginning of a sentence? Should I use 'On the 3 April', '3d April' or 'On 3 April'. 3 April, the meeting was organized by ...
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What does the month “MA” stand for?

I have a box of chocolates that has a best before date of: "2015 MA 12". What does "MA" stand for? May? Or March? Which one?
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What date format does an American prefer while writing a letter to a British? OR Vice versa

I know that the US English uses mm/dd/yyyy and the Queen's English prefers dd/mm/yyyy (and so InE). Now imagine Mike from New York City is writing a letter to Joe in London. And the letter is ...
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Should there be a space between [year] and BC?

This question is only about a whitespace between [year] and "BC". Do you write He was born in 123BC. or He was born in 123 BC. ?
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How do you say “July 29, 1958” in American English? Is it “July twenty ninth, nineteen fifty eight” or “July the twenty ninth, nineteen fifty eight”?

Same question for this date: October 1, 1958 Is it "october first, nineteen fifty eight" or "october the first, nineteen fifty eight"? Do we say "the" between the month and the day number?
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The April 12 or (zero article) April 12

A quote from an English mini-lesson at a Russian social network: In 2011 the April 12 was declared as the International Day of Human Space Flight in dedication of the first manned space flight ...
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What is the correct way to compare two dates and say which is recent?

I have two dates like this: first date = 01 January 2014 second date = 01 January 2013 I want to tell that the first date is always "greater" than the second date. I am sure that "greater" ...
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Can we read 31 July as 'thirty one July'?

Investigations continue into the break-in at Gringotts on 31 July . . . (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) [audio] The first reader (Stephen Fry) ...