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    Does this combination of the progressive and 'will' sound OK?

    When we are getting old, we will become forgetful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    Does this combination of the progressive and 'will' sound OK?

    When we are getting old, we will become forgetful.
    It's not very natural. "When we are getting old, we become..." or "When we get old, we will become..." would be better.

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    Re: will

    Even if the auxiliary verb were different as this, would it still sound a bit awkward?

    When we are getting old, we might become forgetful.

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    Re: will

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    Even if the auxiliary verb were different as this, would it still sound a bit awkward?

    When we are getting old, we might become forgetful.
    Hi,

    Bhai's answer objected to the use of the present continuous in the first part of the sentence, not to the auxiliary/modal used in the second part.

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Hi,

    Bhai's answer objected to the use of the present continuous in the first part of the sentence, not to the auxiliary/modal used in the second part.

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    Then what about this? Does it sound as unnatural?

    As we are getting old, we will become forgetful.
    As we are getting older, we will become more forgetful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    Then what about this? Does it sound as unnatural?

    As we are getting old, we will become forgetful.
    As we are getting older, we will become more forgetful.
    They don't sound natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They don't sound natural.
    Could you please tell me what is wrong with those two?

    The use of the auxiliary verb 'will' again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    Then what about this? Does it sound as unnatural?

    As we are getting old, we will become forgetful.
    As we are getting older, we will become more forgetful.
    Taka, I appreciate your persistence with regard to using the progressive form in your example , but as they would say in many areas of the U.S.,
    "fuhgeddaboudit "
    1. Forget about it - the issue is not worth the time, energy, mental effort, or emotional resources. (Urban Dictionary)

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    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Taka, I appreciate your persistence with regard to using the progressive form in your example , but as they would say in many areas of the U.S.,
    "fuhgeddaboudit "
    1. Forget about it - the issue is not worth the time, energy, mental effort, or emotional resources. (Urban Dictionary)
    If your student were interested in something you taught, would you just say to him/her 'uhgeddaboudit"?

    I'm just wondering how you native speakers would make a predictive statement about two things changing and synchronizing each other.

    When it comes to such prediction, will you say to yourself 'uhgeddaboudit'?

    If you will, then it's fine with me.

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    Re: will

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    Could you please tell me what is wrong with those two?

    The use of the auxiliary verb 'will' again?
    Certainly, "will" is part of it. In your examples it is completely unnecessary, as well as being unnatural. Without "will", the second one is OK.

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