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    Default Simple Present or will-Future?

    Hello guys

    Weeks or even months ago I asked about this sentence:
    What is the problem?
    I tell you what the problem is.
    bhaisahab said is wrong, and it has to be:
    I will tell you what the problem is.
    Yes, I agree and it makes sense to me.

    However, it is nearly impossible to "hear" this will because most guys say "I'll".
    The problem is that now I almost always ask myself if people use this "I'll" in such sentences:

    Situation 1:
    You're on a place and plan to leave.
    A guy asks you:
    Where are you going?
    I'll go home.

    Situation 2:
    You're on a place where you've never been so far.
    Your wife asks you:
    There are two ways, but which way should we choose?
    Of course I'll choose the left way.

    Situation 3:
    You want to help your friend transport some lockers.
    He asks you:
    Which one do you want to take?
    I'll take this one.

    Situation 4:
    An accident happened some minutes ago.
    Instead of helping the guy you want to call the emergency.
    This guy asks you:
    What are you doing?
    I'll call the hospital.


    Usually I'd said we should just use Present Progressive
    I'm going home.
    Of course I'm choosing the left way.
    I'm taking this one.
    I'm calling the hospital.


    but there are plenty of similar sentences that sound like Simple Present but aren't Simple Present.
    I'm
    not the best listener because it is difficult for me, but I believe I can hear if it's Present Progressive or not, and it's for sure not this tense.
    Well, are they really Simple Present, or will-Future which just sounds like Simple Present?

    Thank you!

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Simple Present or will-Future?

    In situations 1. and 4. (I think) the -ing tense should be used to be consistent with the questions' tenses.
    In 2. and 3. 'will' is correct in my opinion.

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    Default Re: Simple Present or will-Future?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    In situations 1. and 4. (I think) the -ing tense should be used to be consistent with the questions' tenses.
    In 2. and 3. 'will' is correct in my opinion.
    I agree.

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    Default Re: Simple Present or will-Future?

    Sometimes in speech, auxiliary verbs are nearly inaudible or actually omitted, or can get scrambled up, so that 'I would have' can get contracted and turned into something sounding like /aɪdə/ ('I'd a' ), but the listener (native speaker) can normally reconstruct them. 'I'll' does change its sound, often quite radically, in speech, but it is still underneath 'I will'. You could use 'I will' in those examples- though the first doesn't sound very natural to me- I'm going does sound much better, and the last is straining things a bit- you could use the form naturally if no question had been asked.

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