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    Mr. Trump takes office in less than three weeks

    Should it be "Mr. Trump will take office in less than three weeks"?


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    That appeared to reflect briefings Mr. Trump has received about how Chinese leaders fear instability and collapse in the North more than the status quo.
    Mr. Trump takes office in less than three weeks, and a test by North Korea, if it demonstrated that the missile could in fact reach American shores, would present one of the first big national security tests for his administration.

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    Re: Mr. Trump takes office in less than three weeks

    It's quite common to use the present simple for scheduled future events.

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    Re: Mr. Trump takes office in less than three weeks

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Mr. Trump takes office in less than three weeks

    There's no need to link us to other sites, Matthew. See point 3 in this UE article.
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    Re: Mr. Trump takes office in less than three weeks

    My link goes to a grammar site rather than a forum, and your link does not focus on the simple present, which the OP is asking about.
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    Re: Mr. Trump takes office in less than three weeks

    Sorry, Matthew. I have corrected that mistake. However, the point is the same. Point three of the UE article does focus on the simple present.

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    #7

    Re: Mr. Trump takes office in less than three weeks

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Should it be "Mr. Trump will take office in less than three weeks"?


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    That appeared to reflect briefings Mr. Trump has received about how Chinese leaders fear instability and collapse in the North more than the status quo.
    Mr. Trump takes office in less than three weeks, and a test by North Korea, if it demonstrated that the missile could in fact reach American shores, would present one of the first big national security tests for his administration.

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    The present simple is natural in the quoted text. The future is also possible but less natural.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-Jan-2017 at 23:10. Reason: Enlarged font in quote
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