Interested in Language
Complete the following sentences with the correct tense.
Peter and I _______ (go) horse riding tomorrow. I hope it will not rain.
My kid filled in "are going" in the above sentence. However, a teacher corrected them as "will go".
Are they both correct?
Last edited by Winwin2011; 08-May-2013 at 12:13.
The problem with many multiple choice and gap-fill exercises, including those created by native writers/teachers, is that is that the writer very often has one 'correct' answer in mind, and refuses to countenance any other.
My serious interest in ways of expressing the future was sparked by one sentence, George (fly) to New York next week, in an exercise in which the learner was asked to use the 'correct' form of the future. I forget now which one of the at least five possible ways of expressing the future possible in that sentence was given in the key, but I remember that there was only one. It is no wonder that learners are frequently confused, when they are so often misled.
The inclusion of the word horse makes me wonder whether the teacher composed the question, and whether he or she is a native speaker.
Peter and I will go riding tomorrow sounds quite natural to me.
But it doesn't matter how natural "will go" is. To mark "are going" as incorrect and change it to "will go" is wrong - without an ameliorating context such as we've been discussing.