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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    was to be

    My sentence:

    The wall (Hadrian's wall) WAS TO BE the northern border of the Roman Empire.

    Is it appropriate to use "was to be" in that context? If not, why?

    Thanks:)


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    #2

    Re: was to be

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: was to be

    David, when do we use 'was to be'?
    Could you give me more examples, please? Thanks! =)


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    #4

    Re: was to be

    The wall (Hadrian's wall) WAS TO BE the northern border of the Roman Empire.
    The Roman's built the wall, as it was intended as the northernmost reach of the Empire

    The money I saved each week was to be my nest egg for when I retired, but it all went on medical bills.

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    #5

    Re: was to be

    Thanks David! =)
    Besides spelling and other terminologies, are there too many differences between American and British concerning grammar, usage and style?
    Can you give me some references?
    Is ANC/BNC enough?


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    #6

    Re: was to be

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    The wall (Hadrian's wall) WAS TO BE the northern border of the Roman Empire.
    The Romans built the wall, as it was intended as the northernmost reach of the Empire

    The money I saved each week was to be my nest egg for when I retired, but it all went on medical bills.

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