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    I am confuse about following sentences.

    It will be witness.
    It will be witnessing.
    It will be witnessed.


    which sentence is correct? Can you tell me example?
    Last edited by Prito; 17-Apr-2013 at 16:28. Reason: I forgot question mark.

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    Re: I am confuse about following sentences.

    Please give us a little more context.

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    Re: I am confuse about following sentences.

    The third seems the least unlikely, but what is the intended meaning?

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    Re: I am confuse about following sentences.

    Quote Originally Posted by Prito View Post
    It will be witness.
    It will be witnessing.
    It will be witnessed.


    which sentence is correct? Can you tell me example?
    To demonstrate the need for context:

    It will be witness - something, not a person, will be the only thing collecting evidence of an event (perhaps, a movie camera triggered by movement). Not very likely.

    It will be witnessing as above, but also could be an example of a journalistic device. For example, 'St Paul's Cathedral witnessed a memorial service for the much-loved Christopher Martin-Jenkins yesterday' If that sentence had been written on Monday it would have been ''St Paul's Cathedral will be witnessing a memorial service for the much-loved Christopher Martin-Jenkins tomorrow.'

    It will be witnessed. Again, on Monday, that report could have been 'Tomorrow, CMJ's memorial service will be witnessed by six former England captains'. As Tdol said, this is probably the most likely of the three. But are you sure you want the subject of witness to be 'it' at all? My impression is that it's more common for people to be reported as 'witnessing' rather than things being 'witnessed'.

    b

    PS I understand that someone else is notable for an event at St Paul's this week. No idea who - there's something of a news blackout.
    PPS You are 'confused'.
    Last edited by BobK; 17-Apr-2013 at 17:44. Reason: PPS added

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