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    The progressive form for the future.

    Dear friends in this site.


    Which of the following is NOT grammatically correct?

    a. The red car is belonging to me tomorrow.
    b. That tree is going to fall tomorrow.

    I have been taught that "belong" cannot be used the progressive form. However, I think the be belonging is not the progressive one, but expresses the future because we already know the possibility of substituting the progressive form for the future tense, such as "I'm going to have a party", etc.

    Would you please explain to me?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: The progressive form for the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by ilovepsycho View Post
    Dear friends in this site.


    Which of the following is NOT grammatically correct?

    a. The red car is belonging to me tomorrow.
    b. That tree is going to fall tomorrow.

    I have been taught that "belong" cannot be used the progressive form. However, I think the be belonging is not the progressive one, but expresses the future because we already know the possibility of substituting the progressive form for the future tense, such as "I'm going to have a party", etc.

    Would you please explain to me?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi

    Sentence A is not correct. As you were taught, "belong" is generally considered to be a state verb, which means that it is not normally used in the progressive (continuous) form. And the sentence you have given is definitely an example of the progressive even though it looks like a future usage.

    Have a look at these sentences (time markers in blue):

    1. I'm meeting her tomorrow.
    2. We're leaving in five minutes.
    3. We're moving to Florida in the spring.

    All three of these sentences use the progressive form to show a future but they are still progressives and so state verbs like "belong" are not grammatically correct in this pattern (in most cases).

    I hope this helps.

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