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    #1

    go / are going

    Hi
    Shoud I write:
    1) If you go to the zoo of Lille on a regular basis and if you are not living in this city, prepare to open your wallet on your next visit.
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    2) If you are going to the zoo of Lille on a regular basis and...

    The grammar rules I learned (when an action is usual, always use the simple present) suggest me it should be 1, but my instincts tell me to use the second formulation. So which one is correct?
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    Re: go / are going

    Neither version is natural. Write something like If you go to Lille's zoo often and do not live in the city, be prepared to open your wallet/pay through the nose.
    Last edited by teechar; 22-Jan-2017 at 15:59. Reason: small typo
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    Re: go / are going

    Thank you for your answer.

    But I never meant it was going to cost a lot of money, I just meant the entrance was not free any longer.
    What's wrong with 'on a regular basis' ?
    And why shouldn't I use the progressive form : "...if you are not living in this city,"

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    #4

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    Quote Originally Posted by paag59 View Post
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    But I never meant it was going to cost a lot of money, I just meant the entrance was not free any longer.
    Open your wallet implies a higher price than "pay" would. I'd just use the shorter version.

    What's wrong with 'on a regular basis' ?
    It uses seven syllables to say what "often" does in two.

    And why shouldn't I use the progressive form : "...if you are not living in this city,"
    We usually use the simple present to describe an ongoing situation.
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    Surely if the entrance fee is higher than before (or if it's no longer free), it doesn't matter whether you go there on a regular basis or not. I'm not sure what the point of "and you don't live in Lille" is. Is it free to residents of Lille but not to anyone else?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm not sure what the point of "and you don't live in Lille" is. Is it free to residents of Lille but not to anyone else?
    I would assume that to be the case. It's not uncommon in the States for public entities to charge a lower fee, or nothing at all, to residents whose tax payments support them. Maybe some jurisdictions in France do the same.
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    I'd say 'Lille Zoo'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Neither version is natural. Write something like If you go to Lille's zoo often and do not live in the city, be prepared to open your wallet/pay through the nose.

    What does "through the nose" mean?

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    If you pay through the nose for something, you pay a very high price for it..

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    Re: go / are going

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I'd say 'Lille Zoo'.
    So would I if it's actually called "Lille Zoo". If it's called something else, I'd use "Visitors to Beauchamp Zoo in Lille ..." (I made up the name).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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