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    sentences about Paris

    Hello,

    1) "I am going to buy a ticket to Paris"

    What Tense is it? Is it Future Simple or Future Continuous?

    2) It is hard to get to Paris

    Where is the predicate here? Is it "is" or "is hard to get"?

    Thanks

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    Re: sentences about Paris

    Please help me with my sentences

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    Re: sentences about Paris

    Hi!

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    1) "I am going to buy a ticket to Paris"

    What Tense is it? Is it Future Simple or Future Continuous?
    I'm afraid, neither of them. The structure is a present tense (the present progressive of go)

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    Re: sentences about Paris

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hi!

    I'm afraid, neither of them. The structure is a present tense (the present progressive of go)
    So it's Present Progressive?

    What about my second question?

    Thanks

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    Re: sentences about Paris

    Frankly speaking, I don't know. I'd suggest that the predicate in your sentence is "is hard to get to Paris". A predicate contains a verb + its objects and complements (that's what I was taught).
    A qualified and competent person will give you the correct answer.

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    Re: sentences about Paris

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Frankly speaking, I don't know. I'd suggest that the predicate in your sentence is "is hard to get to Paris". A predicate contains a verb + its objects and complements (that's what I was taught).
    A qualified and competent person will give you the correct answer.
    OK. Do you confirm that the Tense is Present Progressive?

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    Re: sentences about Paris

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    "I am going to buy a ticket to Paris". What Tense is it? Is it Future Simple or Future Continuous?
    This form is usually known as the [BE]+going+to future.Technically it is formed from the present progressive (or continuous) of GO, but it is not helpful to refer to it in this way, as the present progressive (or continuous) of most verbs can be used to refer to the future, with a slightly different sense.

    I am going to buy a ticket tomorrow. - [BE]+going+to future.
    I am buying a ticket tomorrow. - present progressive (or continuous) used for a future situation.

    I will buy a ticket tomorrow. - Some writers and teachers still refer to this as the future simple.
    I will be buying a ticket tomorrow. - Some writer and teachers still refer to this as the future progressive (or continuous).

    Your second question would be better in a new thread.

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    Re: sentences about Paris

    Yes, 'technically' is the operative word. I should have used it

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    Re: sentences about Paris

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    This form is usually known as the [BE]+going+to future.Technically it is formed from the present progressive (or continuous) of GO, but it is not helpful to refer to it in this way, as the present progressive (or continuous) of most verbs can be used to refer to the future, with a slightly different sense.

    I am going to buy a ticket tomorrow. - [BE]+going+to future.
    I am buying a ticket tomorrow. - present progressive (or continuous) used for a future situation.

    I will buy a ticket tomorrow. - Some writers and teachers still refer to this as the future simple.
    I will be buying a ticket tomorrow. - Some writer and teachers still refer to this as the future progressive (or continuous).

    Your second question would be better in a new thread.
    So in my sentence the grammar form is "be + going + to + future"? I'm asking not because I don't know what the construction means, but because I need an accurate name of this grammar pattern. Like "Present Simple" or "Future Perfect", for example. I have doubts about the name of the construction in my sentence. You say it's NOT Present Continuous. So it is "be + going + to + future"? Right?

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    Re: sentences about Paris

    Michael Swan (p.188) writes:
    "This structure is really a present tense (the present progressive of go)".

    Technically.
    Of course, now we refer to it as a fixed grammar pattern.
    But isn't it how it originated?

    I agree that grammar books and reality are sometimes two different things I'd stick to a teacher's opinion.
    Last edited by Verona_82; 26-Jan-2011 at 15:06.

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