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    Verb pattern

    Hi
    Could you please help me solve this dilemma I have. What is the difference between these sentences:
    I was supposed to have arrived on the 14th of October.
    I was supposed to arrive on the 14th of October.

    I found the first sentence in a grammar book and I wonder if it has the same meaning as the second sentence that I made up.
    Thank you very much for your answer.
    Last edited by Jurohkl; 05-Aug-2011 at 23:42. Reason: spelling mistake

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    Re: Verb pattern

    Welcome to the forum, Jurohkl.

    The second sentence should read 'I was supposed to arrive . . . .'

    Please note that I was supposed to have arrived would have been a better title for your thread.

    Rover

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    Re: Verb pattern

    Thank you Rover_KE
    Yes, I am sorry for the mistake. But, is there any difference in the meaning of these two sentences or both of them could be used?

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    Re: Verb pattern

    I was supposed to have arrived on by the 14th of October. The obligation was to arrive no later than the 14th. It would have been acceptable to arrive before that date.
    I was supposed to arrive on the 14th of October. No earlier, no later.

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    Re: Verb pattern

    Thank you fivejedjon

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