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In the following sentence

I was to have left on Thursday. But on Thursday I had a terrible cold, so I decided to wait till Saturday.

I think was to have left by Thursday should be used.

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The original sentence is correct, and it says that the person had to leave on Thursday, but couldn't do so because he/she had a cold on Thursday.

If you use 'by Thursday', it means that he/she could have left on any day prior to Thursday, i.e., on Wednesday or Tuesday etc.

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  • Is it correct to say - You have to have left today
    – user93387
    Commented Jun 1, 2019 at 19:46
  • No, it's incorrect. 'You had to leave today' or 'You have to leave today' are correct. Commented Jun 4, 2019 at 9:14
  • Can I say I am to have left today?
    – user93387
    Commented Jun 4, 2019 at 10:21
  • No, you can say 'I am to leave today' (Present) or 'I had to leave today' (Past) or 'I had to have left today' (Past perfect) Commented Jun 4, 2019 at 10:52

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