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    #1

    Grammatical questions

    Hello, I need help with some questions:

    First question:
    -She was going to travel to the USA next month.
    -She wasn't going to travel to the USA (next month/ following month)?

    Second question is pretty simple but I'm not entirely sure:
    1.We're late. I expect the film will have already started by the time we get to the cinema.
    OR, I expect the film will already have started by the time we get to the cinema.

    Third question:
    -According to the weather forecast, it will rain tomorrow.
    OR, According to the weather forecast, it is going to rain tomorrow.

    Last question:
    -She.............(play) tennis three times this week.
    She has played tennis three times this week.
    OR, She is playing tennis three times this week. (Indicating that she hasn't played tennis yet but she is going to)

    PS. this is not a homework. These are just problems I faced while studying and I don't seem to understand them. I already asked my teacher, he said he couldn't help. Please do not close my thread,I seriously need answers.

    Can you please reply today? Thanks a lot.
    "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

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    #2

    Re: Grammatical questions

    Quote Originally Posted by smaila View Post
    I already asked my teacher, he said he couldn't help.
    Hello, smaila.
    May I ask why he said he couldn't help you?

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    #3

    Re: Grammatical questions

    Because he doesn't know. He isn't a native speaker and we get a very poor education at the college where I go. Most students graduate when they can't even form one proper sentence and then they become teachers...and therefore nobody gets to learn the language properly
    "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

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    #4

    Re: Grammatical questions

    Thank you.
    In that case, you have good reason to get help from us.
    I'd like to answer your questions myself, but I think it's better for me to leave it to native speakers and ask for their comments. Could you wait for their responses?

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    #5

    Re: Grammatical questions

    Yes of course, I can wait. Thanks a lot.
    "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

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    #6

    Re: Grammatical questions

    First question: Next month.
    Second question: Both are correct.
    Third question: Both are correct.
    Last question: "She has played tennis three times this week" means exactly that. On the other hand, "She is playing tennis three times this week" may mean that she has not yet played any tennis this week, or it could mean that she has played once and intends to play twice more this week, or she has played twice and intends to play once more this week.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    #7

    Re: Grammatical questions

    Please keep in mind that those who try to answer questions do so voluntarily. We cannot guarantee you'll get yours answered 'today'.

    So, let me try. I'll do my best.

    1. I think you'll need the definite article there - it's either 'the next month' or 'the following month'.

    2. I don't think 'already' is necessary, but
    both are acceptable in my opinion. (If I had to choose one, I'd prefer the second.)

    3. I think the first is correct.


    4. I'm not sure about this one. It could be 'She is going to play tennis three times this week.'

    Now, please wait for native speakers'comments.



    (Edit) Cross-posted with Grumpy. Thank you for your help.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 27-Oct-2014 at 19:19.

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