Last summer Modric was one of the first who approached the club to talk about what had happened and what was to come

What does this phrase "what was to come" in the sentence mean?

what was supposed to happen = what was to come , or not?

  • There's a significant difference between What's to come (the future, which will happen), and What's supposed to come (the intended future, which might not happen). Note that idiomatically, most native speakers would say Modric was one of the first to approach the club... - it's mostly non-native speakers who would be bothered about repetition of the word to in following ...to talk about.... Commented Nov 2, 2019 at 15:44

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'Things that have happened' are events in the past, and 'what is to come' means 'a thing or things that are going to happen in the future'.

  • "what was to come" is about past? Commented Nov 2, 2019 at 16:54
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    In the past, at the time ('last summer'), 'what was to come' was in the future. Commented Nov 2, 2019 at 17:20

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