He promised yesterday morning to come here yesterday afternoon

Bhikkhu1991

Senior Member
Chinese
Hello,


He promised yesterday morning to come here yesterday afternoon, but he did not turn up.


How do I convey the above message to you correctly?



Thank you.

With best wishes.
 
  • mtmjr

    Senior Member
    English (US)
    "Yesterday morning, he promised to come by (later) that afternoon, but he did not turn up."

    I prefer "by" to "here" in this context. Further, "later" makes the clause seem less bare, but is not needed to convey the idea.
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    I notice, and agree with, mtmjr's slight change of order at the beginning of the sentence.

    He promised yesterday morning to come here ...
    >>
    Yesterday morning, he promised to come here ...

    I don't know why I think the second of these is better.
     
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