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    next year/the following year

    Hi everyone,
    Could you please let me know if both "next" and "the following" are possible in theese sentences. To be honest I feel like something is wrong with sentence N2. I may be wrong but I would use "next" to talk about something from the point of view in the present period of time.

    1. I finished school in 1994 and the following year I joined the army.
    2. I finished school in 1994 and next year I joined the army.

    Thank you.

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    Re: next year/the following year

    Both are fine.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: next year/the following year

    I would say 'the next year' in #2, but I think it's OK without 'the'. For me, 'next year' (no article) is the one after this current year. I am not sure whether that's BrE or just personal.

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    #4

    Re: next year/the following year

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I would say 'the next year' in #2, but I think it's OK without 'the'. For me, 'next year' (no article) is the one after this current year. I am not sure whether that's BrE or just personal.
    I agree with you. For me, "the" is needed in that sentence. I think Barb would agree.

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    #5

    Re: next year/the following year

    I agree too. I expected to see the "the" so I saw it, even though it wasn't there. No difference between "the following year" and "the next year."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: next year/the following year

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I agree too. I expected to see the "the" so I saw it, even though it wasn't there. No difference between "the following year" and "the next year."
    I do the same thing sometimes. The brain often fills in what is expected even if it isn't there.

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