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    future using continuous

    Hello, nice to meet you all.

    I have a doubt and need your help.

    I saw this phrase in an ESL site as part of an exercise in English and that looked weird to me, so I would like your oppinion, please.

    The phrase is: "Tonight at 6 PM, I am going to be eating dinner."

    Also this one: "At 8:00 PM tonight, the dishes are going to be being washed by John."

    My thanks.
    Last edited by miriades; 29-May-2013 at 13:10.

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    Re: future using continuous

    NOT A TEACHER

    There's nothing wrong with those sentences. They are both saying what will be going on at a particular time in the future. However, the second statement is a little bit awkward. I don't see why you would use the passive voice in this one. I would say "At 8:00 PM tonight, John is going to be washing the dishes." That sounds more natural.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: future using continuous

    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    I am not saying that your version is incorrect, but I recommend that you stick to authority, please.

    I always say 'I have my doubts about that'.

    Rover
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...ave-doubt.html
    Thank you, Rover.

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    Re: future using continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by miriades View Post
    Hello, nice to meet you all.

    I have a doubt and need your help.

    I saw this phrase in an ESL site as part of an exercise in English and that looked weird to me, so I would like your oppinion, please.

    The phrase is: "Tonight at 6 PM, I am going to be eating dinner."

    Also this one: "At 8:00 PM tonight, the dishes are going to be being washed by John."

    My thanks.
    The present continuous/progressive form is frequently and correctly used for future actions when a time reference is included in the statement e.g. "Tonight at 6PM......"

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