Hi,

I would like to understand the meaning of the word "schedule" precisely.

"My therapy sessions were scheduled for every Thursday at 2:30."

If I understood my dictionaries correctly, which basically say "to plan that something will happen at a particular time," the sentence suggests that his therapy sessions haven't taken place yet. He's not in the middle of these therapy sessions."

Am I correct?

Thank you,

m
A schedule can be repeating events, or one can schedule (make an appointment) a one-time event.

The past tense "were scheduled" is most likely being used to indicate that the therapy took place in the past, and is no longer taking place.

I would say "are scheduled" for sessions that haven't taken place yet (or are ongoing).
Thank you for the reply. I think I should've explained my point more clearly.

This is the context:

My therapy sessions were scheduled for every Thursday at 2:30, and with the exception of my mother, I discussed them with no one.

I understand from the narrator's perspecitve the therapy sessions have been completed. But what I would like to know is from the perspecitve of the character in the story. Is he in these therapy sessions already? or he hasn't taken any of them yet?

Thank you,

M
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Hi

I would say the writer is using a narrative tense ambiguously - in other words, we can't really tell. I don't think the writer is doing this to be misleading: it is just an economic use of words in narrative

The previous paragraphs are leading up to the sessions being scheduled, so the quote, as it begins, suggests that they may not have started yet. Something like..

- So that was it: the sessions were to be scheduled for every Thursday at 2:30

However, in the second part of the sentence, he is discussing them with his mother, which suggests they have started

I think you just have to take it as something like..

- Around this time, the sessions, scheduled for 2:30 on Thursdays, began; I discussed them with no one but my mother

In story-telling, I believe it is quite usual to bend a tense - leave it doubtful - in this way. It moves the story on because at the beginning of the sentence things are about to happen; by the end of the sentence, they are happening

This might be unclear in academic writing, say, but in narrative it can work

Hope this may help, Dave
Thank you for the detailed explanation, Dave.Emotion: smile

So, now I understood the context very clearly but would like to make sure the usage of "schedule" itself.

Apart from my quote, if I say "The train is scheduled to come every hour," does it mean the train has not run yet?

And I guess I have to say, "The train comes every hour" if it has already been running.

Am I correct?

Thank you for your help in advance,

M
Hi M

If I am a passenger on a railway platform and say: "The train is scheduled to come every hour" then I am expecting the next train to arrive within an hour. I might also say: "That is the current schedule"

But I might also say "I'm pleased to see that, in the timetable starting next month, the train is scheduled to come every half-hour"

(The timetable hasn't started yet, but the document is here in my hands)

Your suggestion works well: if I am on the platform and say "The train comes every hour" then that is very clear

Hope this may help, Dave
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Okay, I think I understood the word. Thank you for your help.

M