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    Default future progressive possible?

    My grammar book prescribes the use of the future simple in the following sentence.

    "I expect she will sunbathe until she gets badly burnt - that's what she did last year."

    I would use "going to" in this sentence as it's base on past evidence and there's high probability that she's going to do that again. OK?


    Since sunbathing assumes ongoingness I would also use the future progressive as in " I expect she's going to be sunbathing............." OK?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    My grammar book prescribes to the use of the future simple in the following sentence.

    "I expect she will sunbathe until she gets badly burnt - that's what she did last year."

    I would use "going to" in this sentence as it's based on past evidence and there's high probability that she's going to do that again. OK? It's possible.

    Since sunbathing assumes ongoingness I would also use the future progressive as in " I expect she's going to be sunbathing............." OK? It's possible, but that's not the future progressive.
    Although most grammarians today do not consider that there is a future tense in English, some books still refer to the future simple ('I will sunbathe') and the future progressive/continuous ('I will be sunbathing'). We also have the (BE) going to future ('I am going to sunbathe') and the progressive/continuous form of that ('I am going to be sunbathing')

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    Default Re: future progressive possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Although most grammarians today do not consider that there is a future tense in English, some books still refer to the future simple ('I will sunbathe') and the future progressive/continuous ('I will be sunbathing'). We also have the (BE) going to future ('I am going to sunbathe') and the progressive/continuous form of that ('I am going to be sunbathing')
    Could I call it the progressive form of the "going to"?

    Would it sound OK to the native ear "I expect she's goiing to be sunbathing until......."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Could I call it the progressive form of the "going to future"? If you wish.

    Would it sound OK to the native ear "I expect she's goiing to be sunbathing until......."?
    It's not impossible. In the appropriate context, I might even say it myself.

    Possibly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It's not impossible. In the appropriate context, I might even say it myself.

    Possibly.
    1)It's more like "may be yes may be no may be rain may be snow". Would it be hard for a native speaker to say "Yes" or "No"?
    How about she's been on vocation where she got burnt three times already?

    2) Would it sound also "in the appropriate context"? "I'm going to be needing a report from you", if a detective officer got to the crime scene and asked that from a policeman?
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    Default Re: future progressive possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    1)It's more like "may be yes may be no may be rain may be snow". Would it be hard for a native speaker to say "Yes" or "No"?
    Is so hard for you to accept that some of the suggested sentences that you come up with are not commonly used? They are often not 'incorrect', but most people would normally use another construction.
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