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    Re: the meeting has been moved forward by 2 days

    I'm with The Cog in this discussion, in fact I wondered what was confusing about it when I first read this thread.

    It does, however, show how language usage can sometimes cause more problems than answers, particularly when people with different first languages are concerned.

    It just shows how important it is to make sure in situations like this that the full time and date is fully shown; how many more characters would that need?
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    Re: the meeting has been moved forward by 2 days

    exactly. "Meeting has been moved from Wednesday to Monday." no confusion.

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    Re: the meeting has been moved forward by 2 days

    Quote Originally Posted by VMC View Post
    exactly. "Meeting has been moved from Wednesday to Monday." no confusion.
    Still not quite there!

    Which Monday; the one before or the one after the original Wednesday?
    Add the date, eg Monday Sept 30th, and even that confusion is removed!
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    Re: the meeting has been moved forward by 2 days

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    Still not quite there!

    Which Monday; the one before or the one after the original Wednesday?
    Add the date, eg Monday Sept 30th, and even that confusion is removed!
    Unix/POSIX date ftw!
    Code:
    date +%s -d"next Monday"

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    Re: the meeting has been moved forward by 2 days

    Now if you really want to have some fun: http://www-cogsci.ucsd.edu/~nunez/we...ftertimeF+.pdf
    Just some light-hearted fun.
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    Re: the meeting has been moved forward by 2 days

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    Still not quite there!

    Which Monday; the one before or the one after the original Wednesday?
    Add the date, eg Monday Sept 30th, and even that confusion is removed!
    year? location?

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    Re: the meeting has been moved forward by 2 days

    Quote Originally Posted by Skaperen View Post
    the meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but ..."the meeting has been moved forward by 2 days" ... on what day is the meeting?
    Regardless, I would simply decline the meeting, automatically. Problem solved.
    Auto-decline is extremely useful.

    Up/forward/earlier
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    back/later/delayed

    "down" is not used for times by native speakers in relation to time.

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    Re: the meeting has been moved forward by 2 days

    I have recently been to a few meetings where people talk of events moving to the right. e.g. "If process x has unexpected problems then the release date may have to move to the right." This has always been while looking at (ore referring to) something like a gantt chart (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gantt_chart) where time increases from left to right, but it still sounds odd to me.

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    Re: the meeting has been moved forward by 2 days

    Probably no right or wrong. I suspect most people will naturally (and maybe not consciously) see this as relative to their current space/time
    So moving forward is moving closer to their current space/time, backwards if's farther away.

    The remainder of people won't view as relative to themselves so could think the opposite. (unless by experience know not to..

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    Re: the meeting has been moved forward by 2 days

    Well this thread has accomplished a lot of discussion on the query!
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