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    the correct answer

    Hi

    Could you help me choose the right answer?

    I`m sure the landlord --- this bar. It`s already as if it were closed. Nobody gets in any longer.

    a. is going to close
    b. will close
    c. will be closing
    d. shall close

    In my opinion b is correct; yet, I`m not sure.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    I agree with you although I'm 100% sure either...

    A. Well, you don't affect the landlord's act (if he closes the bar or not) - and this makes me wonder if A. could be the right one.
    C. makes no sense to me because he doesn't link two future moments, like:
    "I'm sure the landlord will be closing this bar as soon as someone new wants to come in".
    D. sounds very odd to me, and I doubt it's correct here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi

    Could you help me choose the right answer?

    I`m sure the landlord --- this bar. It`s already as if it were closed. Nobody gets in any longer.

    a. is going to close
    b. will close
    c. will be closing
    d. shall close

    In my opinion b is correct; yet, I`m not sure.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    I believe all four can be used, though "shall" is exceedingly rare in American English. "A" sounds most natural to me.

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    Agree with Heterological.

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    Another awful question.

    I agree on all points.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: the correct answer

    Hi Barb!

    If you were to choose an answer, what would that be?

    Suppose you are taking a written exam and you have to choose only one answer.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    I agree with you although I'm 100% sure either...

    A. Well, you don't affect the landlord's act (if he closes the bar or not) - and this makes me wonder if A. could be the right one.
    C. makes no sense to me because he doesn't link two future moments, like:
    "I'm sure the landlord will be closing this bar as soon as someone new wants to come in".
    D. sounds very odd to me, and I doubt it's correct here.

    Cheers!

    Hi Nightmare!

    I chose b because I think that will shows determination. I might be wrong yet. I learned that will expresses a voluntary action while be going to shows a planned action. As you already said, most answers - except C - are or could be correct. The problem is that this exercise - among others - was used in a written exam at Law School and I would like to know the most correct - if I can say so - answer of the four possible answers given. In my opinion, those variants are not so well chosen but I have to try out or choose the best one which fits in the context.

    Thank you for your answer anyway. All answers are always welcome and useful to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Agree with Heterological.
    Hi Bill!

    Could you be so kind and tell me what is the difference between a and b from your point of view?

    I am trying to understand the difference in usage between the two possible answers. I confess I have studied the two answers but I don`t know if I have enough information on all possible uses of the two forms of future : will and be going to.

    Thank you for your answer.

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    #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi

    Could you help me choose the right answer?

    I`m sure the landlord --- this bar. It`s already as if it were closed. Nobody gets in any longer.

    a. is going to close
    b. will close
    c. will be closing
    d. shall close

    In my opinion b is correct; yet, I`m not sure.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    If we speak of the best choice, I think that should be "b". The difference between is going to close and will close is that the latter has more of an emphasis -- it shows more certainty which, given the context, is exactly what we need here.

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    #10

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    I am more likely to SAY "is going to." I'd probably choose "will" on the test for the reason stated immediately above.

    Was "Nobody gets in any longer" really what it says? Not "goes" but "gets"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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