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    correct terms

    The invitation was for November 10. They moved it backward to November 5 without letting me know first. As I was already committed on that day, I requested a change of date. They complied and moved it forward to November 15.

    I would like to know whether the words in bold are correct. Should it be moved it forward for the first part, and moved it backwards for the second part.

    If neither, how should I phrase it?

    Thanks.

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    Re: correct terms

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The invitation was for November 10. They moved it backward to November 5 without letting me know first. As I was already committed on that day, I requested a change of date. They complied and moved it forward to November 15.

    I would like to know whether the words in bold are correct. Should it be moved it forward for the first part, and moved it backwards for the second part.

    If neither, how should I phrase it?

    Thanks.
    Not even native speakers agree on this.
    Why not just say they moved it from November 5 to November 10, and let someone else work out which way it went?

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    Re: correct terms

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The invitation was for November 10. They moved it backward to November 5 without letting me know first. As I was already committed on that day, I requested a change of date. They complied and moved it forward to November 15.

    I would like to know whether the words in bold are correct. Should it be moved it forward for the first part, and moved it backwards for the second part.

    If neither, how should I phrase it?

    Thanks.
    Yes, if the date was November 10th, it was moved/brought forward to the 5th or moved/put back to the 15th.

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    Re: correct terms

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, if the date was November 10th, it was moved/brought forward to the 5th or moved/put back to the 15th.
    And therein lies the source of contention. A move forward of the date is a move backwards in time from the 10th to the 5th (assuming that one sees the future as forward in time and the past as backwards).

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    Re: correct terms

    I am also in the camp that says if you move it back, you make it later, and if you move it up, you make it sooner, but that doesn't keep me from agreeing that people do disagree on this and you'll have people confused either way.

    They chose an earlier date, they chose a later date - no one would misunderstand that.


    Maybe one day the Indian English word "prepone" will enter our global lexicon. Everyone understands "postpone" so let's add "prepone" too.

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