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    Tom will be back in

    Tom is now in Australia. He will take a flight at 10.00am to return Hong Kong. Normally he will arrive in Hong Kong at 6pm..

    Is it natural to say "He will be back to Hong Kong in the evening "? Please note that I don't want to mention the exact time when he will be back.
    Last edited by queeniech; 17-Jun-2015 at 17:09.

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    Re: Tom will be back in

    Back in Hong Kong.
    Otherwise that's fine.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Tom will be back in

    **** Not a teacher ****

    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    Tom is now in Australia. He will take a flight at 10.00am to return to Hong Kong. Normally he will arrive in Hong Kong at 6pm..

    Is it natural to say "He will be back to Hong Kong in the evening "? Please note that I don't want to mention the exact time when he will be back.
    Queeniech, I think you may have just forgotten "to" above, so I added it. If not, here is the common usage for the word "return".

    For place - return to HK.
    For time - return in the evening/morning/afternoon, or return at night, or return at 6 PM.

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    Re: Tom will be back in

    "Normally" would only work in your first section if he regularly takes the same flight and it usually/normally lands at 6pm. Otherwise, you could use something like "If all goes to plan" or "If his flight's on time".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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