back vs forward vs up in time : Common Errors in English

About back vs forward vs up in time

For most people you move an event forward by scheduling it to happen sooner, but other people imagine the event being moved forward into the future, postponed. This is what most—but not all—people mean by saying they want to move an event back—later. Usage is also split on whether moving an event up means making it happen sooner (most common) or later (less common). The result is widespread confusion. When using these expressions make clear your meaning by the context in which you use them. “We need to move the meeting forward” is ambiguous; “we need to move the meeting forward to an earlier date” is not.Just to confuse things further, when you move the clock ahead in the spring for daylight saving time, you make it later; but when you move a meeting ahead, you make it sooner. Isn’t English wonderful?

back Meaning(s)

  • (s) of an earlier date
  • (r) in or to or toward a former location
  • (r) at or to or toward the back or rear
  • (r) in or to or toward an original condition
  • (r) in or to or toward a past time
  • (r) in reply
  • (r) in repayment or retaliation
  • (n) the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine
  • (n) the side that goes last or is not normally seen
  • (n) the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer
  • (n) (football) a person who plays in the backfield
  • (n) the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
  • (n) the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
  • (n) the part of a garment that covers the back of your body
  • (n) a support that you can lean against while sitting
  • (n) (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
  • (v) be behind; approve of
  • (v) travel backward
  • (v) give support or one's approval to
  • (v) cause to travel backward
  • (v) support financial backing for
  • (v) be in back of
  • (v) place a bet on
  • (v) shift to a counterclockwise direction
  • (v) establish as valid or genuine
  • (v) strengthen by providing with a back or backing
  • (a) related to or located at the back
  • (s) located at or near the back of an animal

forward Meaning(s)

  • (n) the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey
  • (n) a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team
  • (v) send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit
  • (a) at or near or directed toward the front
  • (a) used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty
  • (a) of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle
  • (s) moving forward
  • (r) at or to or toward the front
  • (r) forward in time or order or degree
  • (r) toward the future; forward in time
  • (r) in a forward direction
  • (r) near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane

back in News

  1. Pauly back to old form as USSA Pride takes softball series opener

    Sarah Pauly was back to her old form. That spelled bad news for the Akron Racers on Thursday night at Whataburger Field.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Corpus Christi Caller-Times

  2. Pair Of Back Bay Parking Spaces Draw $560,000 At Auction

    It’s exclusive Back Bay real estate: two rare tandem parking spaces behind a building on Commonwealth Avenue. There’s lined asphalt and an alley view, and it sold at auction for $560,000.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: CBS Boston

  3. Garcia back in damage limitation mode, this time at Merion

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes ARDMORE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia had to dig himself out of a hole after offending Tiger Woods last month, then had to claw his way back from an horrendous start to the opening round of the U.S. Open on Thursday. The Spaniard twice went out-of-bounds on his first eight holes at Merion Golf Club, plummeting to seven over par, before covering his final 10 in a ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

forward in News

  1. Evgeni Malkin contract: Penguins forward agrees to 8-year, $76 million extension

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Evgeni Malkin to a long-term contract extension, the team announced on Thursday morning. The two sides have agreed to an eight-year, $76 million contract that carries an annual average value of $9.5 million against the salary cap, beginning in the 2014-15 season. The deal will conclude after 2021-22. Malkin was entering the final year of a five-year ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: SB Nation

  2. Forward Air Delivers Enhanced Customer Service with iService

    Forward Air is using the iService customer interaction solution from One-to-One to build strong customer relationships online. The system helps the company manage increasing volumes of customer email inquiries and provides various workflow tools to streamline operations. (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  3. Gillibrand pushing forward with "significant" military sexual assault measure

    Democratic senator says she'll push forward with her proposal to strip commanders of prosecution authority over military sexual assaults
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CBS News

up in time in News

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