he was to have come yesterday


afrikaans- south africa
During the week we had a meeting that Piet had forgotten about, was thus absent.
So I call the following day, during our covesation he says "Oh! I was to have come yesterday.

Is this grammatically correct? Give reason please.
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    I would say "I was supposed to have come over yesterday".
    I do not think that what Piet said is "wrong" it just isn't quite what I would say. I don't know what other people think about it.


    Senior Member
    British English
    Thank you. "I was to have come yesterday" is certainly grammatical, but it is somewhat dated. It's more something that a well-to-do character in an Agatha Christie novel would say, rather than something you'd hear commonly today.
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