Englishpage.com says:

USE 3 Scheduled Events in the Near Future

Speakers occasionally use Simple Present to talk about scheduled events in the near future. This is most commonly done when talking about public transportation, but it can be used with other scheduled events as well.


The train leaves tonight at 6 PM.

The bus does not arrive at 11 AM tomorrow

Vivquarry.com says


Depending on the situation, the following tenses are used in the future in the past: The past simple (a timetabled event) .....

So, we have to say: "Today is Monday. That day was Tuesday last week. And according its timetable, the train left at 6PM the next morning (ie on Wednesday Morning last week)"

And I would say it is wrong to say ".....the train would leave at 6PM the next morning..."

Because this is a Future scheduled event in the past.

But I am not sure my guessing is right or not.

Does simple "Simple Past" express "Scheduled or Timetabled Future Event in the past" just as "Simple present" does in the present?

  • You might want to make that 6am the next morning, or just 6:00. – Andrew Leach Sep 20 '17 at 10:05
  • Uh… Tom, could you please rephrase all of that at least two different ways? What you posted makes no sense. For instance, The bus does not arrive at 11 AM tomorrow is pure nonsense. – Robbie Goodwin Sep 23 '17 at 1:58
  • @RobbieGoodwin, it is from well-known English site – Tom Sep 23 '17 at 5:17
  • Thanks, Tom and when it's from a well-known English site, could you post a link, please? It might not be impossible to justify The bus does not arrive at 11 AM tomorrow as being grammatical and that doesn't mean it's semantically useful. It's certainly unidiomatic. Idiomatically, that would be something like There is no 11 AM bus tomorrow or The 11 AM bus doesn't run tomorrow. Don't hold your breath waiting to hear a native use The bus doesn't arrive at 11 AM tomorrow, nor try to compare that to The train leaves tonight at 6 PM. The naegation makes too much difference. – Robbie Goodwin Sep 24 '17 at 16:36
  • @RobbieGoodwin, didn't you see the link in the question? englishpage.com/verbpage/simplepresent.html – Tom Sep 24 '17 at 23:55

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