My dad had told me to get off at station 5 but I got off at station 7.

Can I say it like:

I was supposed to get off two stations back?

Is the opposite also true, ie.

I was supposed to get off two stations ahead?

Note: I am talking about railway station.

Thanks in advance.

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I don't see anything wrong with that sentence. I've definitely heard the word "back" used in that context before. I've also heard and would personally use the word "ago," though maybe it's restricted to periods of time only: I can't find a corresponding example sentence in the dictionary.

I was supposed to get off two stations ago...

Now, if the stations are arranged such that Station 1 is first, Station 2 is second, and so on, the opposite is not true, unless you start at Station 7 and go in the opposite direction.

  • Can I say: "... two stations later"?
    – user100323
    May 9, 2020 at 4:00
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    @user100323 No: since the opposite is not true, any word that indicates that you got off too early (two stations later, two stations ahead, two stations past, etc) can't be used. If you want to use those words, you'll need to turn was supposed to get off into got off, because you didn't intend to (weren't supposed to) get off at the wrong station.
    – Kman3
    May 9, 2020 at 4:03
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    @user100323 You could use it if you actually had gotten off the train too early. May 9, 2020 at 5:21

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