Is 'next time' correctly used?

Members help members on grammar, vocab, pronunciation...

Moderator: EC

tamguatlay
Gold Member
Posts: 413
Joined: Wed May 07, 2008 3:58 pm
Status: English Learner

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".

Thanks.

jmio
Member
Posts: 10
Joined: Sun May 01, 2011 9:52 am
Status: Other

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".

User avatar
sweethuman
Rough Diamond Member
Posts: 1144
Joined: Tue May 10, 2011 7:18 am
Status: Other
Contact:

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.


Alright. :-)

User avatar
Josef
Protector of the Boards
Protector of the Boards
Posts: 697
Joined: Thu Dec 18, 2003 6:56 am
Status: English Teacher
Location: England
Contact:

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:

tamguatlay
Gold Member
Posts: 413
Joined: Wed May 07, 2008 3:58 pm
Status: English Learner

Re: Is 'next time' correctly used?

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

Many thanks, Sweethuman and Josef.


Return to “Help Each Other with English”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests