[提問]oral arguments were to begin

[提問]oral arguments were to begin

台灣英語網1.0 » 週四 8月 20, 2015 1:53 am

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/05/us/05 ... tml?emc=na

The revelations come more than two and a half years after the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, went on a rampage that killed 32 students and faculty members before taking his own life, and only 10 days before oral arguments were to begin in lawsuits challenging the university’s handling of the matter.
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oral arguments are scheduled for Dec. 14.

請問第ㄧ句為什麼用"were" 不是 "are"?
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Re: [提問]oral arguments were to begin

台灣英語網1.0 » 週四 8月 20, 2015 1:53 am

引文: The revelations come more than two and a half years after the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, went on a rampage that killed 32 students and faculty members before taking his own life, and only 10 days before oral arguments were to begin in lawsuits challenging the university's handling of the matter.

> 請問第ㄧ句為什麼用"were" 不是 "are"?

因為新聞第一頁第二段提的 lawsuit 和第二頁第二段提的 lawsuit 是不同年的;前者是 2007 年,後者是 2009 年。

引文: The lawsuits, [...], seek damages of $10 million; oral arguments are scheduled for Dec. 14.
這是指今年(2009 年)12 月 14 號,也是說還沒到。

第一頁第二段(第一則引文)提的 lawsuit:校方處理方式訴訟("lawsuits challenging the university's handling of the matter")
第二頁第二段(第二則引文)提的 lawsuit:受害者家人提出的賠償訴訟


By the way,第一頁第二段的情事時間點如下:

- 校園喋血事件(2007 年)
 - 趙同學自殺
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   │(十天後)
   │
- 校方處理方式訴訟
   │
   │(兩年半之後)
   │
- "the revelations"(新聞第一頁第一段講的事,2009 年)
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