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Hi all,

I ask a guy to cooperate with me in a project. He said yes, but

But unfortunately, I can't invest time right now unless there's month.



I am not native english speaker. Does that means that he would do it only when he gets paid?

Regards, Isaac
 
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No. But time has value as well, so using it on a project can be seen as "investing time". It's not entirely clear what he means, though, because the "unless there's month" part does not make sense (at least not to me).
 
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It seems to me as if he does not have time at the moment, but it also trying to tell you he does not want to do the project at all.
 
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even i am not a native english speaker,please don't get me wrong but what it seems to me is may be you have heard him wrong or mistype his wordings here.even though intentionally it seems he cannot help you,at least for a month.
 
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Isaac Ferguson wrote:I am not native english speaker. Does that means that he would do it only when he gets paid?


To me it means that the person is too busy to work on a project which will last less than a month - or in other words, the job is too small to be of interest.
 
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To me, you need to ask him to clarify what he is saying.
 
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If you would think 'month' is a typo and he means 'money', it makes sense.
 
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There is no way that can be a typo. Predictive text, maybe (‍), but not a typo. You shou‍ld have queried it immediately with whoever sent the message, but it is probably too late now.
 
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and this?

I just don't have the bandwidth



Second part?
 
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"bandwidth" means "time" in this context. Or maybe more accurately, given the "unless you get funding" part: "time for unpaid work".
 
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Isaac Ferguson wrote:

I just don't have the bandwidth



Second part?



I am not sure which quote you are asking about, but I am going to assume the one that is in quote tags.

A "bandwidth" comes from the old radio station days. With a radio, you tune it to a particular channel, to get news and/or music. However, sometimes that channels are a bit too close in frequency, and if you tweak it, and from certain distances, it just does not work as there are lots of interference.  Anyway, the government has to allocate the frequencies (the bandwidth) for the radio stations.

The term "don't have the bandwidth" literally means that there isn't any room left. The radio station has already schedule all the time slots of the day for music/news, etc. There is no more frequencies/time slots available to air a particular item.

Or in other words, I am too busy working on other stuff (already promised) that I don't have time or resources to work on your request.

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