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    Peter's birthday party

    Tomorrow, Peter's hosting his birthday party and lots of people will be there for sure because he's a well-known man that everybody in the neighborhood likes. They...

    1 will be singing a song for him at around 9 o'clock.
    2 will of course sing a song for him.
    3 are probably going to sing a song for him.
    4 are singing a song for him.
    5 are likely planning on singing a song for him.

    Are they all natural?
    Last edited by krisfromgermany; 10-Nov-2016 at 21:16.

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    #2

    Re: Peter's birthday party

    Yes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Peter's birthday party

    Thanks. Would sentence 1 also be right if I left out the "at around 9 o'clock" at the end?

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    #4

    Re: Peter's birthday party

    Yes again.
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    #5

    Re: Peter's birthday party

    In BrE, #5 would be "... they are likely to be planning to sing/on singing a song for him".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Peter's birthday party

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, #5 would be "... they are likely to be planning to sing/on singing a song for him".
    I missed that. Although it would be OK in colloquial AmE without to be, it's more proper with it.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Peter's birthday party

    It wouldn't be wrong in BrE without it. You'd hear it, but Rover's version is far more natural.

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    #8

    Re: Peter's birthday party

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Rover's version
    ​emsr2d2's version
    Last edited by Piscean; 11-Nov-2016 at 16:07. Reason: format. Thanks, GS

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