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    Problems distinguishing Future tenses (examples)

    Hi,
    I am a student and doing a grammar class at university. I just did a e-learning mock test. Unfortunately I am struggling with the Future tense.

    Talking about plans, as far as i know, I am supposed to use going to for Future plans that are made just in a person´s head. While will is only used for spontaneous actions and Present Progressive for very definite plans. But, I am not sure what to with questions. How is the questioner supposed to know how concrete the other person`s plans are?

    According to my knowledge I filled in what`s marked red in the gaps:

    [2 friends were sitting in a cafe, having a chat] E suddenly said, “What are you going to do(do, you) at Christmas?” “I am going to go (go) to Cornwall for a couple of weeks – to polish up my Cornish!"

    This is what the university suggests:

    E suddenly said, “What are you doing (do, you) at Christmas?” “I will go (go) to Cornwall for a couple of weeks – to polish up my Cornish!"

    Can you please help me figuring out what I did wrong?

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    Re: Problems distinguishing Future tenses (examples)

    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Jack4u View Post
    Hi,
    I am a student and doing a grammar class at university. I just did a e-learning mock test. Unfortunately I am struggling with the Future tense.

    Talking about plans, as far as i know, I am supposed to use going to for Future plans that are made just in a person´s head. While will is only used for spontaneous actions and Present Progressive for very definite plans. But, I am not sure what to with questions. How is the questioner supposed to know how concrete the other person`s plans are?

    According to my knowledge I filled in what`s marked red in the gaps:

    [2 friends were sitting in a cafe, having a chat] E suddenly said, “What are you going to do(do, you) at Christmas?” “I am going to go (go) to Cornwall for a couple of weeks – to polish up my Cornish!"

    This is what the university suggests:

    E suddenly said, “What are you doing (do, you) at Christmas?” “I will go (go) to Cornwall for a couple of weeks – to polish up my Cornish!"

    Can you please help me figuring out what I did wrong?
    Your answer is correct.

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    Re: Problems distinguishing Future tenses (examples)

    Thank you for your answer and it`s good to hear. Though, I makes me wonder how official university material could be wrong.

    Another question: When we talk about question, how do I know which tense to use? How is the questioner supposed to know how concrete the other person`s plans are?

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    Re: Problems distinguishing Future tenses (examples)

    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Jack4u View Post
    Thank you for your answer and it`s good to hear. Though, I makes me wonder how official university material could be wrong.

    Another question: When we talk about question, how do I know which tense to use? How is the questioner supposed to know how concrete the other person`s plans are?
    You don't need to know how concrete the other person's plans are. "What are you doing at Christmas?", "What are you going to do at Christmas?" are both possible.

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    Re: Problems distinguishing Future tenses (examples)

    Sorry to bother you again, but what about the "will" in the officially suggested solution? Is it also possible? I would consider it a plan for the future and in the consequence it appears to be wrong. Could you give me your opinion on that and explain why you think so, please?

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    Re: Problems distinguishing Future tenses (examples)

    Your answer in this context is more natural than the 'official' one. It's as simple as that.

    'I will go' is possible in a different context...for emphasis when somebody is trying to stop you going, for example.

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    Re: Problems distinguishing Future tenses (examples)

    Thank you both for your help!

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    Re: Problems distinguishing Future tenses (examples)

    Black_Jack, instead of sending your thanks in a separate message, just click the Like button, please.

    The reason is that it is flagged as a new post, so we think you might have a follow-up question or something to add. Those of us with slow internet connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

    Thank you.

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