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    Is it okay to change "will have been ~ing" into this structure?

    Hello. I saw a article about future participles.
    By the end of next week, Emma will have been seeing Luke for three months. From:https://www.usingenglish.com/article...n-english.html

    Is it okay to replace the sentence put in bold letters with the sentence below(By...,...will keep...)? I understood the meaning, but I want to change the sentence into common usage.
    By the end of next week, Emma will keep seeing Luke for three months.
    Last edited by eggcracker; 07-Jul-2012 at 03:40. Reason: mistypo (replace)

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    Re: Is it okay to change "will have been ~ing" into this structure?

    Definitely not.

    The original sentence is already in what you call 'common usage'.

    Rover

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    Re: Is it okay to change "will have been ~ing" into this structure?

    Thank you Rover. But, doesn't the sentence[By the end of next week, Emma will keep seeing Luke for three months.] contain the same meaning as the sentence put in bold letters?
    Last edited by eggcracker; 06-Jul-2012 at 18:02. Reason: my grammar error ;_;

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    Re: Is it okay to change "will have been ~ing" into this structure?

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post
    Thank you Rover. But, isn't the sentence[By the end of next week, Emma will keep seeing Luke for three months.] contains the same meaning as the sentence put in bold letters?
    No, not at all. "Emma will keep seeing Luke for three months" means that she will continue to see him for another three months after the end of next week. Your original sentence means that by the end of next week, Emma and Luke will have already been a couple for three months".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is it okay to change "will have been ~ing" into this structure?

    Then [By the end of next week, Emma will keep seeing Luke for three months.] will have to be [Emma will keep seeing Luke for three months even after the end of next week] if I want to avoid confusion because of jarring words in the sentence such as By, will keep seeing, although it may be a opposite meaning to the original sentence. Am I right?

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    Re: Is it okay to change "will have been ~ing" into this structure?

    If you want to avoid confusion, don't bother trying to change the original, perfectly good sentence.

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    Re: Is it okay to change "will have been ~ing" into this structure?

    What are you trying to do here? What is the point of taking one sentence, and then creating two equivalent sentences with a completely different meaning from that first one?

    I got here Monday. Today is Tuesday. I plan to leave Saturday.

    By Thursday, I will have been here three days.
    By Thursday, I will only have two more days to stay.
    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: Is it okay to change "will have been ~ing" into this structure?

    I did it because of my fear of causing confusion.

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    Re: Is it okay to change "will have been ~ing" into this structure?

    But the first sentence had a specific meaning. It was not confusing. If that is what you need to express, how does it avoid confusion to create a sentence with an entirely new meaning??
    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: Is it okay to change "will have been ~ing" into this structure?

    I was half sure about the future perfect usage because I didn't have the concrete information about the structure like that before, and I had a memory that some person who was asked about 'will have ~ing / will have ~ed' by me told that the forms like that is antiquated in present English. Now I'm 99 percent sure the usage is common though. Well, I will be sure about the usage 100 percent soon after searching some more examples.

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