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    What is the meaning of"Yesterday, I was going to leave"

    Dear teachers, I asked a question here, but different people have different ideas...

    http://forum.wordreference.com/threa...#post-16384239

    If I say:

    Yesterday, I was going to leave.

    Does this one mean that "leave" yesterday, or just "decided to leave, maybe I would leave the next year"?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: What is the meaning of"Yesterday, I was going to leave"

    People will continue to have different ideas if you carry on asking about single sentences without any real context. We can be clear about the time of the proposed leaving only if we are told.

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    Re: What is the meaning of"Yesterday, I was going to leave"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    remember what the teachers tell us: Context is king in English.
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    Re: What is the meaning of"Yesterday, I was going to leave"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    People will continue to have different ideas if you carry on asking about single sentences without any real context. We can be clear about the time of the proposed leaving only if we are told.
    Yes, of course.

    Like yesterday, I planned to leave at 5 pm and go home. But it rained, so I was sturck in the restaurant.

    In this way, can I say:

    Yesterday, I was going to leave at 5 pm. But it rained, so I was struck in the restaurant.

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    Re: What is the meaning of"Yesterday, I was going to leave"

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    Like yesterday, I planned to leave at 5 pm and go home. But it rained, so I was stuck sturck in the restaurant.

    In this way, can I say:

    Yesterday, I was going to leave at 5 pm. But it rained, so I was stuck struck in the restaurant.
    Yes, with my corrections above. Note that "struck" is the simple past and past participle of to strike. The simple past and past participle of to stick​ is "stuck".
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    Re: What is the meaning of"Yesterday, I was going to leave"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Yes, with my corrections above. Note that "struck" is the simple past and past participle of to strike. The simple past and past participle of to stick​ is "stuck".
    Really thanks(even though I already thaked)!

    But does these two make sense?

    Yesterday, I was leaving at 5.(This one looks like strange)

    Yesterday, I was about to leave at 5.(Maybe this one is right)



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    Re: What is the meaning of"Yesterday, I was going to leave"

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    But does these two make sense?

    Yesterday, I was leaving at 5.(This one looks like strange)

    Yesterday, I was about to leave at 5.(Maybe this one is right)
    Those are both possible but not very likely. It's more natural to say "At 5:00 PM yesterday, I was about to leave when Suzy walked in."

    Or, if you actually left: "Yesterday I left at 5:00 PM." You only need "PM" or "AM" if it's not obvious from context whether the event happened before or after noon.

    Always put a space after a period. Write "I was about to leave at 5:00. (See the space?)"
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    Re: What is the meaning of"Yesterday, I was going to leave"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Those are both possible but not very likely. It's more natural to say "At 5:00 PM yesterday, I was about to leave when Suzy walked in."

    Or, if you actually left: "Yesterday I left at 5:00 PM." You only need "PM" or "AM" if it's not obvious from context whether the event happened before or after noon.

    Always put a space after a period. Write "I was about to leave at 5:00. (See the space?)"
    Thanks so much!!!!

    But if we put "yesterday" after "leave".

    I was going to leave yesterday.

    Normally, it means "leave" was planned to happen yesterday,right?

    But if we just say:

    Yesterday, I was leaving.(This one has the same meaning with"I was leaving yesterday", "yesterday" modifies "leaving", right?)

    Yesterday,I was about to leave.(Can this one mean I would leave the next day?)

    Thanks so much!!!

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    Re: What is the meaning of"Yesterday, I was going to leave"

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    Really, thanks (even though I already thanked)!



    Yesterday, I was leaving at 5. (This one looks like strange)

    Yesterday, I was about to leave at 5. (Maybe this one is right)


    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    Thanks so much!!!!

    But what if we put "yesterday" after "leave"?


    Normally, it means "leave" was planned to happen yesterday, right?

    But if we just say:

    Yesterday, I was leaving. (This one has the same meaning with as "I was leaving

    Yesterday, I was about to leave. (Can this one mean I would leave the next day?)

    Thanks so much!!!
    You need to work on your spacing around punctuation. Remember:

    - Put a space before an opening bracket but don't put a space after it.
    - Don't put a space before a closing bracket but put one after it.
    - Put a space before opening quotation marks but don't put a space after them.
    - Don't put a space before closing quotation marks but put one after them.
    - Put a space after a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Don't put a space before a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - One punctuation mark (full stop, question mark or exclamation mark) is enough at the end of any sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What is the meaning of"Yesterday, I was going to leave"

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    But if we just say:

    Yesterday, I was leaving.(This one has the same meaning with"I was leaving yesterday", "yesterday" modifies "leaving", right?)
    Yes, the two variations mean the same same thing. The present continuous requires some kind of qualification, though it could be in a different sentence:
    A. What were you doing yesterday at five o'clock?
    B. Yesterday at five? I was leaving.

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    Yesterday,I was about to leave.(Can this one mean I would leave the next day?)
    "About to leave" means you were going to leave very soon. "About" is relative, though: if you're reviewing events that happened years ago, if could mean that you were going to leave in a few days; if you're talking about yesterday, it would mean in a few minutes.
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