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"in the next two weeks" means?

A quick question.

Today some one told me that he will come and see me "in the next two weeks".
Does it mean:
- from today on, count 2 weeks? (so he will come somewhere between 9 and 23 Jan)?
- the two weeks from the next week? (15 to 28 Jan)?

Or both interpretation above are wrong??
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Old 09.01.2018, 13:17
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Re: "in the next two weeks" means?

I would say the first.
Expect him sometime in the next couple of weeks from now.
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Re: "in the next two weeks" means?

Either or both.
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Re: "in the next two weeks" means?

looking at a more simple example, what does "in the next week" mean? in the next 7 days, or in the week following the next 7 days? i find that german speakers tend to interpret anything with the word 'next' with the latter meaning.

easier to avoid the confusing by using constructs such as "within 14 days from now".

back to your original question:

- from today on, count 2 weeks? (so he will come somewhere between 9 and 23 Jan)? Yes if you are an English speaker.
- the two weeks from the next week? (15 to 28 Jan)? Yes if you are a German speaker.
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Re: "in the next two weeks" means?

I'd say translation #2
He ruled out this week, so either next week or one week after he'll visit you.
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Re: "in the next two weeks" means?

Depending on what his native language is, it could mean either. So best ask him to clarify.

As an native English speaker when I say "next Friday" I mean the Friday after this (This Friday), whereas in my experience native German speakers think my next Friday is this coming Friday. It can get complicated when making plans so i always clarify by date too.
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I would say the first.
Expect him sometime in the next couple of weeks from now.
If it's a native English speaker, I agree, #1
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Re: "in the next two weeks" means?

It’s short for ‘within the next two weeks’. It means anytime from now on for 14 days.

However, if you were told this by anyone selling you something it mean ‘dont expect to see anything for at least a month’...
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Re: "in the next two weeks" means?

This week is week 2, so next week is week 3, and the next two weeks are week 3 and 4. Else he should have said: " See you within the next 14 days."

This is also how the Dutch, Germans and Swiss use it.

Example:

https://www.starticket.ch/de/naechste-woche

Movies shown not as of tomorrow, but starting with the upcoming Monday which according to the ISO week date system is fully correct.

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Depending on what his native language is, it could mean either. So best ask him to clarify.

As an native English speaker when I say "next Friday" I mean the Friday after this (This Friday), whereas in my experience native German speakers think my next Friday is this coming Friday. It can get complicated when making plans so i always clarify by date too.
Nächster Freitag is Friday next week or Friday this week, there is no consensus in German spoken language on this, and it is used for both meanings.
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Re: "in the next two weeks" means?

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ISO system sucks, US system is better.

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ISO makes far more sense. Saturday and Sunday are the weekend...there's a clue in the name.
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ISO makes far more sense. Saturday and Sunday are the weekend...there's a clue in the name.
Indeed, Sunday and Saturday are the two ends of the week, Sunday being the starting-end, and Saturday being the ending-end.

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Re: "in the next two weeks" means?

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Nächster Freitag is Friday next week or Friday this week, there is no consensus in German spoken language on this, and it is used for both meanings.
Maybe in German. My point was that when I say in English, we're all meeting next Friday, I mean Friday next week (and that's what my English friends understand). My Swiss friends invariably think I mean the coming Friday, Friday this week and they arrive one week early.


If we're meeting on the Friday of this week, I would say this Friday and my Swiss friends will get it but then turn up 2 minutes early
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Re: "in the next two weeks" means?

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Only there is no "Nächster Freitag" in Züri atleast.
There is just "Nögshtii Freitii" or "Dii Freitii"

...followed usually by "üüsaagaa"?
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Depending on what his native language is, it could mean either. So best ask him to clarify.

As an native English speaker when I say "next Friday" I mean the Friday after this (This Friday), whereas in my experience native German speakers think my next Friday is this coming Friday. It can get complicated when making plans so i always clarify by date too.
A native German speaker says "Diesen Freitag" for coming Friday, and "Nächsten Freitag" for friday in a week.

And to OP: In the next two weeks is rather approximately. If I hear this from someone (in den nächsten 2 Tagen) I expect an answer till Friday two weeks in the future. So, if it's Monday, within 18 days, if it's Friday, within 14 days.
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ISO system sucks, US system is better.

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The "US system" (or basically any system basing weight, distances on things that could be taken from "real life objects") was a great thing in middle age, when people didn't had scales, weights, maps etc. and had to adapt distances, weight etc. from objects.

Good thing, the world did made huge modernisation since, and nowadays the metric system is superior in every aspect.
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Indeed, Sunday and Saturday are the two ends of the week, Sunday being the starting-end, and Saturday being the ending-end.

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Can't wait until you tell us the difference about the beginning and the end of a sausage.

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Only there is no "Nächster Freitag" in Züri atleast.
There is just "Nögshtii Freitii" or "Dii Freitii"

...followed usually by "üüsaagaa"?
Freitii?
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the metric system is superior in every aspect.
Since when are the days of the week metric?

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