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hiromichi



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:42 pm    Post subject: by hours Reply with quote

What does 'by hours' in the end mean? Not for hours?

American officials said the rescue mission was launched in the days after the professors, Kevin King, the American, and Timothy Weeks, the Australian, were taken at gunpoint on Aug. 7 from their vehicle in Kabul near the campus of the American University of Afghanistan, where they teach. The officials said the group of SEAL members, backed by Army Rangers, are believed to have missed the men by hours.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry I forgot to check this website for a while. It means the rescue mission was too late by hours, not by days. They must have moved them just before the rescue mission came.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lorikeet:
Thank you. I should have recalled a sentence like below.

・I missed the train by 3 minutes.
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