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Dear teachers,

Please explain to me what "was to prove" means in the sentence.

"Fortunately I was with Glenn, a Minsk tour guide, and that was to prove crucial in the days to come."

Thanks for your help.
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Prove means to give evidence that something is true.

The sentence is set up to show two different time periods: When he was first with Glenn, and later in the tour. Both of these time periods are in the past.

So, "was to prove" is saying that in the past, Glenn proved to be crucial, but from the initial meeting, he had not yet proved to be crucial.

To remove the odd tense and make the sentence simpler: "Glenn proved to be crucial."
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Hi Minhuoc,

I'm not a teacher but I can give it a try in explaining your queryEmotion: smile.

"Fortunately I was with Glenn, a Minsk tour guide, and that was to prove crucial in the days to come."

The fact that the person was with Glenn,was going to yield some positive result in the future. I don't know maybe Glenn showed him around the places well or maybe they fell in love. Anyway,Glenn is going to be a key character in the future.

Savvy
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Thank you very much, Vorpar. Your explanation is clear and understandable. Thanks again.
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Thank you,Savvy. This is also a good idea. Thank you.