Student or Learner
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)
I agree with the first - "There is a class tomorrow."
But I dislike the sentence "He is on a road trip tomorrow." It sounds like an unnatural way to say it. I would say "He is going on a road trip tomorrow." or "He will be on a road trip tomorrow."
So the future or progressive...
Last edited by bhaisahab; 13-Feb-2010 at 08:36.
There is (talking about right now) a class tomorrow/ Monday class.
He is (not talking about right now but the future) on a road trip tomorrow/ Monday.
Though both refer to a future event - Monday class/ road trip tomorrow, "is" in the first example serves the same function as "is" in "This/There is an apple here" i.e. referring to the present situation. "Is" in the second case refers to what will be.
I hope you understand what I trying to say.