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When talking about the past, can I say "fast forward to 2020, [...]" and then continue by describing some modern events? If not, how can I say it differently? I want a transition that would be applicable both to the present and to the future in the past (something like 'In the 1930s, [...]. Fast forward to 1980, [...]').

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You can say "fast forward" it is correct and has some idiomatic use. There are very many ways to indicate this transition. I only mention the simplest: "Now".

In the 1980s our company was small and based entirely in Ireland. Now it has offices in twenty countries and employs 5000 people.

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  • I want a transition that would be applicable both to the present and to the future in the past (something like 'In the 1930s, [...]. Fast forward to 1980, [...]') Sep 7 '20 at 5:50

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