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onsen
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 5:24:09 AM
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Hello,

I will go to university in due course.

Glossary
in due course at the right time and not before
(from Oxford Word Skills)

That is, 'I will go to university at the right time and not before'.
When is 'at the right time and not before'?
It may be 'immediately after graduating from high school', or 'one year later', or 'two' or 'three' ....
The phrase is too vague to convey a definite idea.
Does the speaker of the sentence really want to go to university?

Thank you
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 5:31:34 AM

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At the proper and right time, just as you have planned it. After graduating from high school. of course. In some countries you might have to go to the army in between.


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tunaafi
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 5:38:43 AM

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The right time is not necessarily immediately after high school or military service.

If someone decides, for example, to spend three years working their way round the world, then the right time will be at the end of that three years.
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:04:55 AM

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In due course, I will go to the university.

Yes, at the proper time.IMO

Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:00:51 AM

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It means when the time is right for you.
Islami
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:44:51 AM
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Aj and Wilmar are right.
Hope123
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:00:46 PM

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At the "appropriate" time comes to mind - similar to at the "proper" time.

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. Phyllis Diller
Romany
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 6:05:59 AM
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Its usage now, in BE, has slid a little bit - to mean, merely "later".

According to my parents, during WW2 many of the announcements and new items contained the words "in due course"; as while they wanted to keep morale up by keeping people informed of how/what, Britain was doing they didn't want to publicly announce dates and times etc. So it soon became a catch phrase like "for the duration" - another War Office saying.
onsen
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 9:11:04 AM
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Romany wrote:
- another War Office saying.


This helps me a great deal understand the phrase.

Thank you very much.
Hope123
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 9:14:29 AM

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Romany, your knowlege of history and the knowledge of the history of language and how they intertwine always amazes me!

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