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    going to own vs will have owned/been owing

    "You're making a huge mistake. My dad is a big-time lawyer. He's going to own this entire building by the time he's through with you."

    I'm curious if there should be "will have owned the entire bulding" according to prescriptive grammar?

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    Re: going to own vs will have owned/been owing

    No

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    Re: going to own vs will have owned/been owing

    What's the difference in meaning between "He will have owned this entire building by the time he's through with you" and the original sentence?

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    Re: going to own vs will have owned/been owing

    "He will have owned this entire building by the time he's through with you" is not natural in that sentence.

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    Re: going to own vs will have owned/been owing

    He "will have owned" often implies he no longer owns [whatever]. Something like "will have taken" means no longer is taking, but has taken and may have already done something else with [whatever]...

    I am not an English teacher.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-Jan-2013 at 00:22.

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    Re: going to own vs will have owned/been owing

    "He will have been owing......." then?

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    Re: going to own vs will have owned/been owing

    No

    He's going to own this entire building by the time he's through with you.
    He will own ...
    He will have bought ..
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    He will be renting out ...
    He will have sold
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    He will have been able to buy ...

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    Re: going to own vs will have owned/been owing

    You need to make sure you spell "own/owning" etc correctly. You keep mixing it up with "owe/owing".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: going to own vs will have owned/been owing

    What about these two sentences?

    "He's going to buy this entire building by the time he's through with you"

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    "He will have bought this entire building by the time he's through with you"

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    Re: going to own vs will have owned/been owing

    Use the second.

    You can use the first if you change "buy" to "own".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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