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    Cool He is to be my friend

    Can we say sentences like "He is to be my friend" in English, meaning "He is going to be my friend"? I think I've read expressions like that and I really was surprised at them.

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    Re: He is to be my friend

    That would be an odd one. It sounds like someone has already determined that that person will be your friend, but how could he know?

    You could, I suppose, use that if you went to a fortune-teller.

    You could also use it if you point to a particular lobster in a tank and say "He is to be my dinner!" (You've chosen him to eat.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: He is to be my friend

    Hi. I'm not a teacher.

    As I learned, you can say - He is about to be my friend.

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