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"By this time" is a phrase which is often translated as "a esta hora", and "at this time" is a phrase which is often translated as "en este momento". Learn more about the difference between "by this time" and "at this time" below.
by this time(
bay
 
thihs
 
taym
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (speaking about the future)
a. a esta hora
By this time tomorrow I'll be a millionaire.Mañana a esta hora seré millonario.
b. por estas fechas
By this time next year I'll be on vacation in Hawaii.El año que viene por estas fechas estaré en Hawai de vacaciones.
2. (speaking about the present)
a. a esta hora
By this time I'm usually in the office, but there's a bus drivers strike.A esta hora suelo estar en la oficina, pero hay una huelga de conductores de autobús.
3. (speaking about the past)
a. por entonces
They released their third album in 1976. By this time Anderson had become the leader of the band.Sacaron su tercer álbum en 1976. Por entonces, Anderson ya se había convertido en el líder de la banda.
b. para entonces
By this time the murderer was far away from the scene of the crime.Para entonces, el asesino estaba ya lejos del escenario del crimen.
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at this time(
aht
 
thihs
 
taym
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. en este momento
At this time, we ask that you turn off your cell phones.En este momento, les pedimos que apaguen sus celulares.
b. ahora
We cannot take your call at this time. Please try again later.No podemos atender su llamada ahora. Favor de intentar en otro momento.
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