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    Past tense

    I would like to know the difference in meaning of the following sentences?
    please help.
    A- i was to go.
    B- I was about to go.
    c- i was going to go.
    D- i was to have gone.
    Thank you

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    I am not a professional teacher. The prolem here is the proper usage of inifinitive. hsb will do well to visit a site on gerund and infinitive. My observations are as follows.
    A- I was to go. It is not correct to use an infinite after an auxiliary verb.
    B- I was about to go. It is ok, because of the preposition ‘about’ which has an infinitive as its object. To make it clear, let us take the example of a complete sentence:
    Last month I was about to go on a pilgrimage.
    C - I was going to go. It is also ok as the infinitive is used after the main verb ‘going’. The meaning can be derived from a complete sentence:
    Yesterday, I was going by train to go for fishing.
    D- I was to have gone. This is grammatically incorrect.


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    Re: Past tense

    A- i was to go.

    i was supposed to go to the party, but I took ill
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    B- I was about to go.

    I was about to go to school when all of a sudden, I got this pain in my stomach.

    c- i was going to go to

    I was going to go to school - I had my school clothes on and my lunch in my school satchel - but the snow was getting so bad my mother said it was safer to stay home.

    D- i was to have gone to

    I was to have gone to his party, but we had a falling out so I went to the movies instead.

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    Re: Past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Manas Ranjan Mallick View Post
    I am not a professional teacher. The prolem here is the proper usage of inifinitive. hsb will do well to visit a site on gerund and infinitive. My observations are as follows.
    A- I was to go. It is not correct to use an infinite after an auxiliary verb.
    D- I was to have gone. This is grammatically incorrect.
    I am not sure I agree with you here

    A:"I was to go with my cousins to Wisconsin, you know."
    D:"He was to have been rewarded for handing in the stolen goods until it was discovered that he was involved with the criminal gang."
    D:"I was to have gone also but declined".
    All of them work, in my opinion.


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    Re: Past tense

    Thank you very much all of you for replying.

    What I actually want to know is if I want to say that I had decided/planned or had an intention to go somewhere but I did not go or could not go which of the above sentences should I use? Please help me.

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    Re: Past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by hsb View Post
    Thank you very much all of you for replying.

    What I actually want to know is if I want to say that I had decided/planned or had an intention to go somewhere but I did not go or could not go which of the above sentences should I use? Please help me.
    If you take a look at David's examples you should be able to see that all of them work.
    Last edited by banderas; 05-Apr-2008 at 12:58. Reason: typo

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