So let's say we are currently in June, and I am considering using materials that has been allocated to future needs. I understand that if we were to take something leftover from the past, we would use "take the materials from January," but if we want to take something from the future, can we still use "from."

"Take/use the materials from November."

Thanks in advance!

  • "Use the materials intended/reserved for November." May 17, 2020 at 15:47
  • In your context, November is simply shorthand for November's allocation of materials or similar, as per @WeatherVane's post. Personally, I don't see how it would make sense to use a past month name in such contexts without explicitly indicating how these "not-present" materials come to be available. You'd pretty much have to say something like Use the materials left over from November unless it was in the nature of these materials that they could be re- used. May 17, 2020 at 17:20
  • I see. Maybe I can say something like: "We'd like to use the material that has been allocated to support November's demand."
    – Student
    May 31, 2020 at 16:54


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