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    Future forms

    Hello,

    What would be more correctly said?

    We are having or we are going to have dinner at a nice restaurant on Saturday.

    It's going to snow or it will snow in the mountains tomorrow evening.

    I am seeing my sister in April or I am going to see my sister in April.

    No context was given. It's from a test.
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    Re: Future forms

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    Hello,

    What would be more correctly said?

    We are having or we are going to have dinner at a nice restaurant on Saturday.

    It's going to snow or it will snow in the mountains tomorrow evening.

    I am seeing my sister in April or I am going to see my sister in April.

    No context was given. It's from a test.
    Thanks
    All are equally correct.

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    The Future

    Hello,

    What would be more correctly said?

    We are having or we are going to have dinner at a nice restaurant on Saturday.(The test said 'we are having' form is wrong)

    It's going to snow or it will snow in the mountains tomorrow evening.( 'Be going to' is wrong too in this sentence)

    I am seeing my sister in April or I am going to see my sister in April.(I am seeing is wrong according to the test)

    Thanks

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    Re: Future forms

    'It's snowing in the mountains tomorrow evening.' Would be correct too, am I right?
    I forgot if you use progressive form when talking about such predictions.

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    Re: The Future

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    Hello,

    What would be more correctly said?

    We are having or we are going to have dinner at a nice restaurant on Saturday.(The test said 'we are having' form is wrong) Most verbs may be used in present continuous form to indicate a future action if it is used with a time reference e.g. Saturday, as in your example. Also, the verb "to have" can be considered one of several stative (that is, non-active) verbs but also one of a few of the stative verbs that can also be use "actively". So, in short, it is not "wrong" as it is used in your example.

    It's going to snow or it will snow in the mountains tomorrow evening.( 'Be going to' is wrong too in this sentence) "Going to" as a prediction, and as used in your example is OK.

    I am seeing my sister in April or I am going to see my sister in April.(I am seeing is wrong according to the test) Even though a little clumsy/awkward, same as "are having" above.

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    Was this an instructor developed "test" or from a book? If from a book, the title?


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    Re: The Future

    I have merged the two threads.
    sondra, in the future, please post a question only once.

    "It's snowing in the mountains tomorrow" doesn't work.
    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 Future

    It was posted twice? I am surprised... I didn't post it twice and unfortunately I can't find my new posts.

    I can find them now :).
    Last edited by sondra; 29-Feb-2012 at 16:48.

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    Re: The Future

    I found it on the Net Future tenses in English - Exercise.

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    Re: Future forms

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    'It's snowing in the mountains tomorrow evening.' Would be correct too, am I right?
    I forgot if you use progressive form when talking about such predictions. I wouldn't.

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    Re: The Future

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    That's not a good test, more than one answer is possible in several of the questions.

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