I am foreign student in Sarajevo, and trying to develop a small time machine for software (not a real one, of course). And I need to show users specified place where currently they are.

How can I translate for this specified times? I wrote like these:

  • The Present, or as second alternative Now
  • In the Past
  • In the Future

It looks like in my software:

February 2, Wednesday 2011 (The Present)


January 8, Wednesday 1996 (In the Past)

Are these good enough, or do you have any better advice?

1 Answer 1


I would simply use present, past and future:

January 8, Wednesday 1996 (past)
February 3, Thursday 2011 (present)
January 8, Wednesday 2016 (future)

Note that these words should not be capitalized.

  • Why shouldn't I use capitalizing? Feb 3, 2011 at 16:28
  • 1
    @dino: They are not proper nouns.
    – apaderno
    Feb 3, 2011 at 17:04
  • 3
    @Dino - because common nouns are not capitalized in English, except when they are the first word in the sentence.
    – b.roth
    Feb 3, 2011 at 17:05

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