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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is/are correct and natural?

1) Tomorrow evening we will have to set clocks/the clock one hour back.

2) Tomorrow evening we will have to move clocks/the clock one hour back.

3) Tomorrow evening we will have to put clocks/the clock one hour back.

If all three are possible, do they have the same meaning?

In your own words, how would you express this concept?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is/are correct and natural?

1) Tomorrow evening we will have to set clocks/the clock one hour back.

2) Tomorrow evening we will have to move clocks/the clock one hour back.

3) Tomorrow evening we will have to put clocks/the clock one hour back.

If all three are possible, do they have the same meaning?

*** The answer to all three is YES.


In your own words, how would you express this concept?

Tomorrow evening, we need to set the clocks back one hour.

We have a little saying here.  It is supposed to help people remember how to deal with their
clocks when the time changes:

Spring forward; fall back.

Ted

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