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    Future tense

    In the sentence Jack is/is going to be sixty - five next month so he retires/will be retiring.

    In the Advanced Language Practice by Michael Vince 1994, the correct answer in only "is".

    I suspect that "going to be sixty" should also worl althought it mostly relates to American usage. Please explain

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    Re: Future tense

    Jack will be sixty - five next month so he will retire.

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    Re: Future tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    In the sentence Jack is/is going to be sixty-five next month so he retires/will be retiring.

    In the Advanced Language Practice by Michael Vince 1994, the correct answer is only "is".

    I suspect that "going to be sixty-five" should also work although it mostly relates to American usage. Please explain
    There is nothing wrong with "Jack is going to be sixty-five next month" in any variant of English, as far as I know.

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    Re: Future tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    In the sentence Jack is/is going to be sixty - five next month so he retires/will be retiring.

    In the Advanced Language Practice by Michael Vince 1994, the correct answer in only "is".

    I suspect that "going to be sixty" should also worl althought it mostly relates to American usage. Please explain
    Both can be used. In the full future tense, it would be "Jack will be sixty-five next month so he will retire". However, an alternative would be "Jack is sixty-five next month so he's retiring."

    Especially with birthdays, we frequently use the present tense to indicate the future:

    Q - How old are you?
    A - I'm 12 next month.

    Obviously, the responder is actually only 11 at the time of the question but might use the present tense in the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There is nothing wrong with "Jack is going to be sixty-five next month" in any variant of English, as far as I know.
    WE use will,not going towhen we speak about future facts.

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    Re: Future tense

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    WE use will when we speak about future facts.
    We also use "going to" and in some cases the present simple or the present continuous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    WE use will,not going towhen we speak about future facts.
    Oh, okay, sorry. I stand corrected.
    You'll have to be patient with me. I've only been speaking English since about 1960.
    Last edited by Raymott; 22-Apr-2010 at 11:06.

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    Re: Future tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Oh, okay, sorry. I stand corrected.
    You'll have to be patient with me. I've only been speaking English since about 1960.
    Hi
    Peace be on you.
    Thanks for your efforts you make here to teach me and others.
    I never tried to say or do that.I was asking you because I studied it this way.
    Maybe I forgot to put the question mark.But really I didn't mean what You have understood.
    I am sorry if you get me wrong

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    Re: Future tense

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    Hi
    Peace be on you.
    Thanks for your efforts you make here to teach me and others.
    I never tried to say or do that.I was asking you because I studied it this way.
    Maybe I forgot to put the question mark.But really I didn't mean what You have understood.
    I am sorry if you get me wrong
    OK, don't worry about it.

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