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    Dear teachers,
    I am a junior high student in Osaka, Japan.

    I would like someone to help me with these sentences.

    1
    Which sounds more natural to native speakers?
    A: Ted will come to Japan to see his sister this summer.
    B: Ted will come to Japan this summer to see his sister.

    2
    Can I say the sentence like 'This summer Ted will come to Japan to see his sister."?
    If I can, do I have to put comma after 'summer'?

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    Default Re: word order

    Quote Originally Posted by shuei View Post
    Dear teachers,
    I am a junior high student in Osaka, Japan.

    I would like someone to help me with these sentences.

    1
    Which sounds more natural to native speakers?
    A: Ted will come to Japan to see his sister this summer.
    B: Ted will come to Japan this summer to see his sister.
    They are both acceptable. I prefer B.

    2
    Can I say the sentence like 'This summer Ted will come to Japan to see his sister."?
    If I can, do I have to put comma after 'summer'?
    Yes, you can. I would put a comma after 'summer'; others wouldn't.
    R

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    Default Re: word order

    Quote Originally Posted by shuei View Post
    A: Ted will come to Japan to see his sister this summer.
    B: Ted will come to Japan this summer to see his sister.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) According to The Grammar Book by Mesdames Celce-Murcia and Larsen-Freeman, the order is often place + time + purpose.

    (a) Thus:

    Ted will come to Japan (place) + this summer (time) + (in order) to see his sister (purpose).

    (b) The two scholars write:

    "Adverbials of ... purpose tend to follow all the others."

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    Default Re: word order

    Quote Originally Posted by shuei View Post
    Dear teachers,
    I am a junior high student in Osaka, Japan.

    I would like someone to help me with these sentences.

    1
    Which sounds more natural to native speakers?
    A: Ted will come to Japan to see his sister this summer.
    B: Ted will come to Japan this summer to see his sister.

    2
    Can I say the sentence like 'This summer Ted will come to Japan to see his sister."?
    If I can, do I have to put comma after 'summer'?
    You might also be interested to know that, unless these words are spoken by a fortune-teller, both sentences are unnatural!

    'Ted is going to come...' or 'Ted is coming...' would be much better than 'will'.

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    I am sorry to be late to reply.
    Something was wrong with my computer (actually, my father's), but he has fixed it.

    > Raymott
    The comma after This summer' would be helpful, I think.

    >TheParser
    'Purpose' should come last.
    The explanation is quite clear!

    >philo2009
    Both are unnatural...you mean 'will' is used for supposing something?
    It is sad that we, junior high school students, are taught 'will' is almost the sama as 'be going to'...

    Thank you for everything interesting, Teachers!

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    Default Re: word order

    Quote Originally Posted by shuei View Post
    It is sad that we, junior high school students, are taught 'will' is almost the samae as 'be going to'...
    Many learners are taught this, unfortunately. If you are interested in the difference, see: Ways of Expressing the Future in English.

    ps. Note the words 'often' and 'tend' in the quotations from
    The Grammar Book. The writers do not say that purpose should come last.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: word order

    > 5jj

    Thank you for your note.

    I should be careful in reading sentences.

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