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Anonymous:When I read an essay or novel which is written in English language
I usually come across sentences that is somehow made me puzzled
I always wonder what type of grammar tenses are they?
And when and how should them be used in conversational chat or in writing essay ?
I'm going to write them down :
-The queen called her huntsman before her. " you are to take Snow White
into the forest," she said.
-I was to call you yesterday but I could not.
-You are to find out who I am.
Subject + Be verb + to + infinitive
what is these sentences grammatically called ?
AnonymousI was to call you yesterday but I could not.This type of sentences typically have an obligatory and commanding connotation.
Every employee is to follow company codes of conduct. He is not to use company resources for personal use.
Anonymous:how could i use it correctly and when ?
what is it called in grammatical term ?
you are to take Snow White into the forest -- command for the future
I was to call you yesterday but I could not.-- a plan (future-in-the-past)
You are to find out who I am. -- command for the future
I am to be in Albuquerque on the 16th -- future schedule
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