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I was watching a show and I am trying to translate it. What will be a natural way to describe the following context:

Actually there is a door with a dial that can be set to a fixed number of days in future or in the past. Then that door takes you to that place as it would be like a few days later or as it was a few days ago.

Future (10 days)

The dial has been set to 10 days in future.

The dial has been set to future

The dial has been set to 10 days later.

Past:

The dial has been set to 10 days in past.

The dial has been set to past.

The dial has been set to 10 days ago.

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You would say

Future

The dial has been set to 10 days in the future.

The dial has been set to the future

Past

The dial has been set to 10 days in the past

The dial has been set to 10 days ago.

The dial has been set to the past.

  • "The dial has been set 10 days ago." Or "The dial has been set 10 days ahead". Do these sound natural? – It's about English Jun 23 at 12:43
  • You can say "The dial has been set to 10 days ago" (sorry that wasn't clear in my post). "The dial has been set 10 days ahead" does not sound natural. You would say "The dial has been set to 10 days in the future" – EML Jun 23 at 12:45
  • And what do you think about: "The dial has been set to 10 days later". – It's about English Jun 23 at 13:17
  • No. You can't say that. To be honest, being a native english speaker I can't explain why. But I know that it is not grammatically correct. – EML Jun 23 at 13:23
  • Then why does "10 days ago" sound natural? – It's about English Jun 23 at 13:35

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