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    Default Continuous Infinitives

    Hallo.
    I have a question which refers to continuous infinitives. Unfortunately I have not understood meaning and importance for it till here
    Can you explain me its meaning in this sentence?: ,,I don't want you to be making this machine at this time tomorrow''.
    So: is this sentence correct? what does this sentence mean? And can you give me several other examples?. Thanks beforehand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levan.nap View Post
    ,,I don't want you to be making this machine at this time tomorrow''.
    Welcome to the forum, Levan.nap.

    It's not a very natural sentence, though it's possible. It means something like, "I do not want you to be engaged in the making of this machine in 24 hours' time". There is perhaps a suggestion that the speaker wishes the other person to have completed the making of the machine before the specified time.

    The continuous infinitives are natural in this sentence: I must start getting the meal ready now. I don't want to be cooking when the guests arrive. I want to be sitting sedately in the parlour ready to welcome them.

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    Now everything is clear. Thank you very very much ;)

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    So, I use this great chance to ask you another question please :)
    I have two sentences: ,,I want that I’ll be making a cake at 5 o'clock tomorrow''. and the second one ,,I want to be making a cake at 5 o'clock tomorrow''. does they have the same context and meaning or not? Thanks a lot :)

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    Default Re: Continuous Infinitives

    Quote Originally Posted by Levan.nap View Post
    So, I use this great chance to ask you another question please :)
    I have two sentences: "I want that I’ll be making a cake at 5 o'clock tomorrow''. and the second one "I want to be making a cake at 5 o'clock tomorrow''. does Do they have the same context and meaning or not? Thanks a lot :)
    The first is incorrect.

    Look at my amendments in red above. Don't use two commas at the beginning of a quote, use exactly the same mark that you put at the end of a quote.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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