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    is/was supposed

    I'm really confused with this especially if it concerns future time...for example:
    1. today is January 09, I enrolled in cooking class last January 02 but I asked the school to move my training in February instead then I'd say, "please change my schedule because January is supposed to be my vacation but it isn't anymore"...should it be was or is. I mean it's future time but the idea that it is supposed to be vacation is/
    was changed.

    2. and then let's say it is changed, so what will I tell my friends? "My schedule is/was moved to/in February(sorry,I've got trouble with prepositions too). I mean February again is future time but the idea is, it is/was moved.
    sorry tenses confuse me.hope that makes sense.

    thanks!

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    Re: is/was supposed

    Quote Originally Posted by chum View Post
    I'm really confused with this especially if it concerns future time...for example:
    1. today is January 09, I enrolled on a cooking class on January 02 but had to ask the school to move my training to February instead. then I'd say, "please change my schedule because January is supposed to be my vacation but it isn't anymore"...

    This doesn't make sense...Why do you want to change from January when it is no longer an issue regarding your vacation?

    Please change my schedule to a later date because January is supposed to be my vacation.
    Might work.


    should it be was or is. I mean it's future time but the idea that it is supposed to be vacation is/
    was changed.

    2. and then let's say it is changed, so what will I tell my friends? "My schedule has been moved to February(sorry,I've got trouble with prepositions too). I mean February again is in the future but the idea is, it (the cookery class) was/has been moved.
    sorry tenses confuse me.hope that makes sense.

    thanks!
    You enrolled on a course which should have begun on January 2nd.
    You then realised that this date clashed with your vacation.
    You asked if the course could be moved forward to February.
    The course was moved to February.
    You told your friends that the course which was originally booked for January had been moved forward to February.

    Everything is in the past except the class which will take place next month.

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    Re: is/was supposed

    awesome! thanks a lot...i thought 'in" is the proper preposition for thr verb enroll.

    thanks a bunch!


    great help!

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    Re: is/was supposed

    I asked the school to move my training in February instead
    I might interpret it this way:
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    I asked the school to move my training in February to another date instead
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    "please change my schedule because January is supposed to be my vacation but it isn't anymore"
    I might interpret it this way:
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    "please change my schedule to another date because January is supposed to be my vacation but it isn't my vacation anymore because now I have moved my vacation to another date"
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    Note that my intepretations are not corrections.
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    What you think about them (my interpretations)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    I might interpret it this way:
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    I asked the school to move my training in February to another date instead
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    I might interpret it this way:
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    "please change my schedule to another date because January is supposed to be my vacation but it isn't my vacation anymore because now I have moved my vacation to another date"
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    Note that my intepretations are not corrections.
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    What you think about them (my interpretations)?
    Thats where my brain goes into a loop.

    If that was the case ie you have arranged something with the knowledge that you will be on holiday at a certain time, you then request to change it because it doesn't matter that the reason you wanted to change it has changed then... nope... I'm gone again...

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    This is another rewrite of my interpretation.
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    "please change my schedule again because it my vacation date is no longer the same as when you first changed my schedule"
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    It is still not a correction though.
    Last edited by dihen; 11-Jan-2007 at 13:58.

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    ok...let me enlighten you guys...^^

    I enrolled on something, let's say cooking class last December 15 and I've chosen january 15 schedule because that's my vacation from work but something came up, I need to work in January which means I won't be free so I asked the school to move it to February. I emailed them and informed them about the conflict.

    so what d'yu think?

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    Ah! now I get the picture.

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    Re: is/was supposed

    I understood it because I interpreted the coordination conjunction "but" differently:
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    "{please change my schedule} [because January is supposed to be my vacation but it isn't anymore]" (the "but" clause is part of the "because" clause)
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    You probably interpreted it this way:
    "{please change my schedule [because January is supposed to be my vacation] } {but it isn't anymore}" (the "but" clause is is not part of the "because" clause, but the main clause)
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    That attachment difference changes the meaning greatly, doesn't it?

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    Re: is/was supposed

    Is it ever possible in English to have a coordinate clause inside a subordinate clause or to have another subordinate clause inside a subordinate clause?
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    some other examples:
    I feel disappointed [because I've tried many times {but I still failed}]. (coordinate clause inside subordinate clause)
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    I feel disappointed [because [even though I've tried many times], I still failed]. (subordinate clause inside subordinate clause)

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