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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." – Weather Vane May 17 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. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica May 17 at 17:20

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