Suppose I say "We're moving the 12 PM meeting forward 2 hours", does that mean the meeting is at 10 AM or 2 PM?

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    updoot this comment if you think its 10 AM Jun 21, 2020 at 0:25
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    updoot this comment if you think its 2 PM Jun 21, 2020 at 0:25
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    In this context, forward means it happens sooner. Upvote this comment if you know I'm right.
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If you move a meeting forward, you are scheduling it earlier. See Collins.

There is, however, a lot of confusion about terms like up, back, forward, and out when they are used in this context. As Merriam-Webster suggests, the best way to handle them is probably not to use them at all, and substitute less ambiguous words like earlier and later in their place.

  • The collins link refers to "bring forward" which is more generally accepted to mean earlier in time than "move forward" is
    – AlecZorab
    Oct 19, 2020 at 14:20

Technically "you bring forward" or "you move back". It's not good English to say move forward in this context. You can move forward in a line up or a queue but not when talking about time....

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