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    #1

    Jane's husband will be returning..

    Jane’s husband will be returning from South America quite soon.

    • Jane and her husband will be returning from South America quite soon.
    • It’s Jane’s husband that is returning from South America quite soon.
    • It won’t be long before Jane’s husband returns from South America.
    • It won’t be long before Jane’s husband returns from South America quite soon.

    My first choice is “B.” but the answer is “C. It won’t be long…”. Is “B” incorrect because it doesn’t fit the meaning of the index sentence “will be returning…” Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Jane's husband will be returning..

    B does basically mean the same thing, but it is awkward for several reasons. The repetition of the " 's " is not natural. There is no reason for the "It's" to begin the sentence. Just say "Jane's husband is returning..."

    Also, it seems to emphasize the identity of who is coming home rather than the when.

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    #3

    Re: Jane's husband will be returning..

    Quote Originally Posted by fire fly View Post
    It’s Jane’s husband that is returning from South America quite soon.
    If somebody had said, "Mary's husband is returning from South America quite soon", a friend might correct a mistake by uttering your sentence, with a stressed "Jane's". That would be fine.

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