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    Default Question on the verb 'will'

    Hi teachers,
    According to this converstation, will the below explanation be correct?
    Sharon: Will you go to Wilton next weekend?
    Robert:Yes, I will.
    Sharon asks Robert to decide whether to go to Wilton at the weekend and he decides to go there at the moment she asks for it.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by learning54; 28-Jan-2013 at 08:21.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    According to this converstation, will the below explanation be correct?
    Sharon: Will you go to Wilton next weekend?
    Robert:Yes, I will.
    Sharon asks Robert to decide whether to go to Wilton at the weekend and he decides to go there at the moment she asks for it.
    There is no sense of immediacy here. He may have thought about it for seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks or months. The only thing we know for sure is that Sharon asked Robert if he has reached a decision about going.

    Thanks in advance.
    Gil

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    Default Re: Question on the verb 'will'

    Hi Gillnetter,
    Thanks a lot for your reply.

    The thing is that I want to explain to the students what the difference is between these two examples and I do not know how.

    Sharon: Will you go to Wilton next weekend?
    Robert:Yes, I will.

    Sharon: Are you going (to go) to Wilton next weekend?
    Robert:Yes, I am.

    L.

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    Default Re: Question on the verb 'will'

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi Gillnetter,
    Thanks a lot for your reply.

    The thing is that I want to explain to the students what the difference is between these two examples and I do not know how.

    Sharon: Will you go to Wilton next weekend?
    Robert:Yes, I will.

    Sharon: Are you going (to go) to Wilton next weekend?
    Robert:Yes, I am.

    L.
    Sharon: Are you going (to go) to Wilton next weekend?
    Robert:Yes, I am.
    This is far more natural.

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    Default Re: Question on the verb 'will'

    The following are probable, but not definite, glosses:

    1. Sharon: Will you go to Wilton next weekend?
    - a. Is this certain?
    - b. Are you prepared/willing?

    2. Sharon: Are you going to Wilton next weekend?
    - Has this been arranged?

    3. Sharon: Are you going to Wilton next weekend?
    - Is there present evidence (such as an arrangement) for this?

    As you can see, there is little practical difference between #2 and #3, but there is some difference between those two and #1. The implications of 'will' are moderately clear only to those saying the sentence/question containing it and to the person to whom the sentence/question is addressed.
    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: Question on the verb 'will'

    Hi 5jj,
    Thanks a lot for your reply. That's what I was looking for.
    They are clear, concise and efficient explanations.

    L.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi 5jj,Thanks a lot for your reply. That's what I was looking for.
    They are clear, concise and efficient explanations.
    Thank you.

    BUT, they are only my attempts to give a fairly concise response. You will find more detailed information here. The differences between the meanings of the various ways of expressing the future are not nearly as clear-cut as some grammar books for students and some course books would have us believe.

    When I was in teacher training, I always warned my trainees against using gap-fill or multiple choice exercises with ways of expressing the future, their own or published ones. It is not very common for one way of expressing the future to be the only correct way in many contexts.
    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: Question on the verb 'will'

    Hi 5jj,
    You are welcome.

    Thanks a lot for your advice and information! I really appreciate them and be sure my students will too!

    That's how I will present it to my students:
    Sharon:Will you go to Wilton next weekend?
    Sharon: Is this certain? / Are you prepared for it? / Are you desiring it?
    Robert: Yes, I will.

    Kate:Are you going to Wilton next weekend?
    Kate: Has this been arranged? / Is there present evidence (such as the tickets, a reason) for this?
    Robert: Yes, I am. It’s my mother’s birthday.

    I have another question. If these are the sentences, what are the possible explanations?
    I've tried to write some, but they don't seem to fit to me. What do you think?

    Robert: I didn’t go to Wilton last weekend, and I won’t go (there) next weekend either.
    Robert: ..., and I am not certain / prepared / I don't desired to go next weekend either.
    Robert: I didn’t go to Wilton last weekend, and I am not going (there) next weekend either.
    Robert: ..., and I don't have plans / present evidence to go next weekend either.

    Is 'there' optional or is it better without it in those sentences?

    L.
    Last edited by learning54; 23-Jan-2013 at 09:16.

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    Default Re: Question on the verb 'will'

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
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    Robert: I didn’t go to Wilton last weekend, and I won’t go (there) next weekend either.
    Robert: ..., and I am not certain / prepared / I don't desired to go next weekend either.
    I am certain - I am certain (about not going)
    I am not prepared to go.
    I am not willing to go.
    I don't desire
    d to go. No.
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    Default Re: Question on the verb 'will'

    Hi 5jj,
    Thanks a lot for that one too. One last question.

    Besides yours:
    I am certain (about not going)
    I am not prepared to go.
    I am not willing to go.

    Could I also use?
    I don't have the intention.

    L.
    Last edited by learning54; 23-Jan-2013 at 19:06.

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