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Is 'next time' correctly used?

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Is 'next time' correctly used?

Postby tamguatlay » Mon May 09, 2011 5:32 pm

Jack was going to the shopping centre with his mother. At the traffic lights he dashed across the road without waiting for his mother to cross. He was almost knocked down by a car.

His mother advised him, "Next time make sure there are no approaching vehicles before you cross the road."

Is 'next time' correctly used? I believe it should be "In future".

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Re: Is 'next time' correctly used?

Postby jmio » Wed May 11, 2011 12:02 pm

"Next time" and "In the future" are both okay. I would probably use "Next time".
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Re: Is 'next time' correctly used?

Postby sweethuman » Tue May 17, 2011 4:46 am

tamguatlay wrote:Jack was going to the shopping centre with his mother. At the traffic lights he dashed across the road without waiting for his mother to cross. He was almost knocked down by a car.

His mother advised him, "Next time make sure there are no approaching vehicles before you cross the road."

Is 'next time' correctly used? I believe it should be "In future".

Thanks.


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Re: Is 'next time' correctly used?

Postby Josef » Thu May 19, 2011 4:53 am

"In future" is logically correct since Jack's mother doesn't want her son killed the time after next, or at any time in the future.

However, in practice Jack's mother might very well have said "next time", meaning "in future".

I'm sure Jack got the message anyway :twisted:
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Re: Is 'next time' correctly used?

Postby tamguatlay » Sun May 22, 2011 9:37 am

Many thanks, Sweethuman and Josef.
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