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    Question About using different forms to mean the future things

    Our English teacher _____ London in a few days. I wonder when earliest plane _____ on Saturday.
    A. leaves; takes off B. is leaving; takes off
    C. is leaving; is taking of D. will leave; is taking off


    Which one do you prefer? All the choices above (does something, be doing something, will do something) can be used to mean the action that happens in the future. But on what occasions do we use them respectively?

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    Re: About using different forms to mean the future things

    This is a bad question. Personally, I do not think C or D are very likely, but they are not 'wrong'. The writer of the question appears to believe that in any given utterance only one way of expressing the future is appropriate. This is simply not true. The choice of form depends on what is going through the speaker's mind at the moment of speaking.

    You may be interested in this: Ways of Expressing the Future in English

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    Re: About using different forms to mean the future things

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Our English teacher _____ London in a few days. I wonder when earliest plane _____ on Saturday.
    A. leaves; takes off B. is leaving; takes off
    C. is leaving; is taking of D. will leave; is taking off


    Which one do you prefer? All the choices above (does something, be doing something, will do something) can be used to mean the action that happens in the future. But on what occasions do we use them respectively?
    I agree that C and D are unlikely, but both A and B are possible. The question is badly worded anyway especially in the second half.

    "What time" would be much better than "when" and it should be "the earliest/first plane/flight" - "I wonder what time the first flight takes off on Saturday" would have been a great improvement.

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