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    [Grammar] syntax in affecting sentence semantics

    I am happy the next time she comes. The next time she comes, I am happy. The above-mentioned sentences are clear in having the same meaning. However, I would like to know if there's a subtle difference between these (presence of auxillary verb): I am able to do it the next time she comes. (I...
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    [Grammar] will announce who will be going?

    This is incorrect: I will see how it will go What about this? Is it correct in such a context? Someone will be going home. (Later)I will announce the person who will be going home. I also have another query. Does the sentence below seem equivocal? I will announce the person who is going home...
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    present perfect for future

    In the near future, we'll see what he has done. Does present perfect here refer to the future and not the past in such a context? I've checked my grammar books but none could help me in verifying this. Thank you.
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    If you obtain weird results (in the future vs. now), your experiment was/has been..

    (In the future) If you obtain weird results, your experiment was/has been screwed up. If you have weird results (now), your experiment was/has been screwed up. In the first example, the experiment is of the future, but it will be done before getting the results. "Was" sounds wrong to me as it...
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    present tense right after future tense

    They will see how qualified you are. We will see how it goes. We will see how stupid you are. We will see how stupid you can be? May I know whether in these examples, the present tense is referring to the future or the present? Thank you.
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    have "been"

    I have been to Canada. The "been" here does not appear to be the typical "been" (to be) ln sentences like "I have been happy" Here "been" takes a different meaning which is closer to "gone" or "visited". Am I correct?
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    when I am free, I am/will be

    When I am free, I am able to help you. When I am free, I will be able to help you. Just want to clarify, am I right to say both is the same and correct?
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    Conditional if clause exceptions

    It is said that in the conditional "if" clause, future tense cannot be used i.e. "will + verb". However, are there exceptions? For instance when the action in the if clause takes place after that in the main clause: (The weather forecast says it's going to rain.) Well, if it will rain, we must...
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    Does "can" require a temporal marker to the future in this context?

    We know that "can" has the same meaning as "is/are able to". (In the future) I will add more seats so that more people will be able to sit down. (In the future) I will add more seats so that more people can (are able to) sit down then. For the second example, is the temporal marker "then"...
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    If he does something that you will not like

    (Some time in the future) If he does something that you do not like , you can scold him. (Some time in the future) If he does something that you will not like, you can scold him. I use the first one. Is the second one a case of bad English? It sounds possible to me although it doesn't sound as...
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    do these differ slightly?

    Does the placement of "tomorrow" in the following cause a nuance? (Right now) He needs us to do the task tomorrow. "Needs" here seems to tell me that presently he needs "us to do the task tomorrow". Tomorrow he needs us to do the task. Here "needs" seem to be a scheduled event in the future...
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    third conditional used on TV

    I noticed that on TV shows and movies, for e.g. instead of using the correct "If I had done, I would have..." to refer to a unreal past, "If I did, I would have..." is frequently used. Is it grammatically acceptable to use the third conditional like what's spoken on screen? Thanks.
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    "Is" - future or present in this context

    For the following contexts: There are so many time slots to choose from. In fact, there is a class tomorrow.("Is" here should be referring to the present situation, shouldn't it?) He is on a road trip tomorrow. ("Is" here refers to the future state of being) Thank you.
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    "Is" - future or present in this context

    For the following contexts: There are so many time slots to choose from. In fact, there is a class tomorrow.("Is" here should be referring to the present situation, shouldn't it?) He is on a road trip tomorrow. ("Is" here refers to the future state of being) Thank you.
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    [Grammar] need clarification on auxiliary verb "to be"

    Hi, I need clarification on these: For present tense, He leaves tomorrow ("leaves" is of the future) He is busy tomorrow ("is" refers to his state of being of the future and not the time of speaking) However for present progressive, He is leaving tomorrow (does auxiliary "is" here refer to...
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