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    tomorrow vs. by tomorrow

    Hello to everyone, who reads it!!!

    Please tell me, what is the difference between 'tomorrow' and 'by tomorrow'.

    e.g. " I'll do it tomorrow "

    and " I'll do it by tomorrow "

    thnx

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    Re: tomorrow vs. by tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicky_K View Post
    Hello to everyone, who reads it!!!

    Please tell me, what is the difference between 'tomorrow' and 'by tomorrow'.

    e.g. " I'll do it tomorrow "

    and " I'll do it by tomorrow "

    thnx

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I will call you tomorrow. = Today is Monday. Expect a call from me on Tuesday.

    I will not be calling you today. So don't wait by the telephone. Go out and have fun!

    (2) I will call you by tomorrow. = Today is Monday. I am very busy. I may call you

    today if I have time. If I do not, I definitely will call you tomorrow. So you can expect

    a call from me today or tomorrow. You should wait by your phone today and tomorrow.

    Don't leave home.

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    Re: tomorrow vs. by tomorrow

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    NOT A TEACHER

    I will not be calling you today. So don't wait by the telephone. Go out and have fun!

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    Hi TheParse
    Can you describe why future continuous tense has been used but why not future tense ?
    Such as, I will not call you today.


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    Re: tomorrow vs. by tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicky_K View Post
    I'll do it by tomorrow.
    -Not a teacher-

    I'll do it by tomorrow. -- I'll do it any time before tomorrow.

    Hope it helps!

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    Re: tomorrow vs. by tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    I'll do it by tomorrow. -- I'll do it any time before tomorrow
    NO. I'll do it before the end of tomorrow. See post #3

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    Re: tomorrow vs. by tomorrow

    [QUOTE=sumon.;829634]

    Can you describe why future continuous tense has been used but why not future tense ?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) No, I cannot. I just wrote it that way because it was the feeling that I wanted to express.

    (2) I shall try to find an explanation in my books, but I am hoping (I hope?) that one of the teachers will answer your excellent question for me.

    Thanks again for the excellent -- and difficult -- question! Now you see why I always warn learners that I am NOT a teacher!

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    Re: tomorrow vs. by tomorrow

    [QUOTE=sumon.;829634]
    Hi TheParse
    Can you describe why future continuous tense has been used but why not future tense ?
    Such as, I will not call you today.



    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I have checked my books, and I have some information to share with you.

    I do NOT claim that my ideas are correct.

    (2) (a) I will not call you today.

    (b) I will not be calling you today.

    (3) Here are some observations:

    (a) Probably both would be "correct."

    (b) 2a sounds too strong because of the word "will." It sounds like a promise. In fact, I think that it sounds almost like: I refuse to call you today.

    (c) As one expert said, the future progressive is "softer." It only refers to something in the future. It is not a promise. It is just a statement about the future.

    (d) Another expert uses the term "matter of course." That is, something that happens naturally and regularly. For example, at 8 p.m. every night, I will be sleeping. (I am an old man who goes to bed early. That's why I am typing this at 4 a.m.!)

    (e) So 2b is something like a matter of course. I am simply (only) telling you about the future. Just as I will be sleeping at 8 p.m., I will not be calling you today.

    (f) Two experts point out that the future progressive is more polite.

    (i) Let's say that someone borrows $100 from you:

    (ia) When will you pay back the money?
    (ib) When will you be paying back the money?

    (ia) is rather rude. It sounds like: Hey! When am I getting my money, dude!
    (ib) is more tactful. That is, it refers to a "matter of course." (I know that you always pay back any money that you borrow, so I am just politely asking when I can expect the $100.)

    My two main sources:

    L.G. Alexander, Longman English Grammar (1988), p. 180.

    Randolph Quirk and others, A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985), pp. 216 - 217.

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    Re: tomorrow vs. by tomorrow

    HiTheParser
    Thanks a lot.
    Thanks for the information given .
    I really like your explanation ...

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    Smile Re: tomorrow vs. by tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    NO. I'll do it before the end of tomorrow. See post #3
    I appreciate your correctness. It helps. Thank you very much!

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