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    #1

    Fast forward to

    What does "Fast forward to" mean?

    1) I canít wait to fast forward to Christmas.
    2) Fast forward to last weekend, when Helen Maslyk and her family pulled off the Malahat Highway in Victoria because of car trouble.

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    #2

    Re: Fast forward to

    Have you ever used a tape player, VCR or DVD player?

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    #3

    Re: Fast forward to

    I know what you mean. But where is a verb here? Plus does it work backwards as well? My second example refers to the past. It would be more logical to say to rewind. But it's my speculation only. What would you say?

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    #4

    Re: Fast forward to

    Without more context it is difficult to understand the second use. If the story began in the past, prior to last weekend, then the teller might say "fast forward to last weekend" to continue the story from there.

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    #5

    Re: Fast forward to

    'Fast back', 'fast backwards' or 'fast reverse' would work better in #2.

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    #6

    Re: Fast forward to

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Fast back', 'fast backwards' or 'fast reverse' would work better in #2.
    None of those are terms I have ever heard. You have "rewind" and "fast-forward" functions on a VCR.

    As Mike noted above, #2 would make perfect sense if someone was telling a story, began in the distant past with the background, and then "fast forwarded" to last weekend.

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