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    Verb

    Hy .. i'm from indonesian ... i want to ask about verb ..

    i want to ask ..
    is it right , "our football team plays next week" or "our football team will play next week" or "our football team are going to play next week" or "our football team will be going to play next week
    or all of them right ?? i am confuse , which one to use , present tense , future tense or present continuous tense.. and what is the different , please explain .. :)
    Last edited by peterlim; 03-Jul-2012 at 15:50.

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    Re: Verb

    Quote Originally Posted by peterlim View Post
    Hi, I'm from Indonesia. I want to ask about verb tenses.

    I wanted to ask:
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    s it right to say: "Our football team plays next week"; "Our football team will play next week"; "Our football team are going to play next week" or "Our football team will be going to play next week"?
    Or are all of them right ?? I am confused about which one to use: present tense , future tense or present continuous tense? And what is the difference? Please explain .. :)
    Hi and welcome ,

    IMO, the last sentence does not sound natural, although it is grammatically correct. The other ones are fine.

    Please make sure to use a capital letter at the beginning of each sentence, as well as for the pronoun "I". And revise punctuation: it will make your questions easier to understand by those who may be willing to give you an answer.

    Greetings,

    charliedeut
    Last edited by charliedeut; 03-Jul-2012 at 17:33. Reason: beginner's mistake
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    Re: Verb

    Quote Originally Posted by peterlim View Post
    Hi .. I'm from Indonesian ...I want to ask about verbs ..

    I want to ask ..
    is it right , "our football team plays next week" (OK, simple present can be used for a future action if a time frame, e.g. next week, is included) or "our football team will play next week" (OK, simple future) or "our football team are going to play next week" (OK, planned future action, but in AmE we would use "is") or "our football team will be going to play next week (No, can't use both future forms for the same action)
    or are all of them right ??I am confused , which one to use , present tense , future tense or present continuous tense (you didn't use a present continuous example, but you could have, with a time reference as "is playing next week").. and what is the difference , please explain .. :)
    b.

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    Re: Verb

    Welcome to the forum, peterlim

    I'll just add a little to billmcd's response about possibilities in British English. In BrE, collective nouns like 'team' can be treated as either singular or plural, which explains the two forms in some of these:

    1. Our football team play/plays next week. We see the future situation as scheduled.
    2. Our football team are/is playing next week. This has been arranged.
    3. Our football team are/is going to play next week. There is present evidence of this, such as our knowledge of it.
    4. Our football team will play next week.We are expressing certainty about this.
    5. Our football team will be playing next week. We are mentioning this almost casually.

    The differences between them are not particularly significant in this situation; #4 is probably the least likely to be heard in normal conversation.

    Our football team will be going to play next week. This is incorrect in BrE also.

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    Re: Verb

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Hi and welcome ,

    IMO, the last sentence does not sound natural, although it is grammatically correct. The other ones are fine.
    No more comments.

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