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    Smile tense

    is it right to use the present continuous here:

    - Sami is reading a lot before he goes to university in September.


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    Re: tense

    is it right to use the present continuous here:

    - Sami is reading a lot before he goes to university in September.
    Yes, it's fine. The assumed meaning is that Sam is habitually reading a lot these days in order to prepare for his university classes that will begin in September.

    Greg

    P.S. On second thought, it doesn't necessarily have to be in preparation for school. For all we know he could be reading a lot of Spiderman comic books these days. After all, when school starts he won't have time: he'll have to spend all his time on Shakespeare and junk like that.
    Last edited by dragn; 15-Sep-2009 at 07:10.


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    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by fuadha View Post
    is it right to use the present continuous here:

    - Sami is reading a lot before he goes to university in September.
    Dragn is right, but you can also say

    "Sam has been reading a lot."

    I would use "has been" if the sentence said
    "Sam has been reading a lot this summer because he's going to college in September."

    I suppose it is
    "he is reading a lot (right now)" but
    "he has been reading (during a specified time frame)"

    -- but I'm not positive about that.

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