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    it is /will be

    Hello! I'm here asking for your help once again, please!
    A: There's a documentary about the history of footbal on TV tonight.
    B: Oh, I'll tell Tony, he's mad for football. What time is it on?
    A: IT'S /IT'LL BE on at 7.30, I think. On Channel 5.
    (from a multiple-choice exercise)
    I'd rather say "it'll be" - even if it is a tv programme which is being referred to - because it is the personal opionion of the speaker ("I think").
    But the present simple also sounds natural to me. What would you suggest?
    Do you agree? Thanks a lot beforehand!



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    Re: it is /will be

    Quote Originally Posted by dewedfrost View Post
    Hello! I'm here asking for your help once again, please!
    A: There's a documentary about the history of football on TV tonight.
    B: Oh, I'll tell Tony; he's mad for about football. What time is it on?
    A: IT'S /IT'LL BE It's on at 7.30, I think - on Channel 5.

    I 'd rather would say "it'll be" - even if it is a TV programme which is being referred to - because it is the personal opinion of the speaker ("I think").

    But the present simple also sounds natural to me. What would you suggest?
    Do you agree? Thanks a lot in advance! beforehand!

    No, it's not a personal opinion. The speaker (A) must have read it or found out about it somehow, so he/she is just stating a factual piece of information; he/she is just not sure about the details (the time).

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    #3

    Re: it is /will be

    You got a better answer here than you did from WRforums.

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    Re: it is /will be

    In BrE, we invariably use the present tense to refer to the broadcast time/date/channel of anything on TV or radio.

    It's on tonight.
    It's on at 8.
    It's on on Wednesday afternoon.
    It's on Channel 4.
    It's on Radio 6 this Saturday evening.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    You are important for the ones who want to get deeper into English...WRforums, too! I've just got to thank you all!

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