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    I don't feel well. I think I will be

    Hello,

    I don't feel well. I think I _____ (be) ill.

    The key: am/am going to be

    This question was asked on the exam today. I feel confused why 'will' is wrong. Does it really sound odd?

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    Re: I don't feel well. I think I will be

    You could also use "I think I'm getting/becoming ill."
    Last edited by AirbusA321; 04-Mar-2017 at 20:01.

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    Re: I don't feel well. I think I will be

    I'd use either "I don't feel well. I think I'm ill" or "I don't feel well. I think I'm going to be sick" in BrE. In the second "to be sick" means "to vomit".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I don't feel well. I think I will be

    We use going to before mentioning an event we expect to happen in the near future. Will can express a non-specific futurity: If I eat that, I'll get sick.
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    Re: I don't feel well. I think I will be

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    You could also use "I think I'm getting/becoming ill."
    Those aren't natural, AirbusA, and in any case, the question specifies that the verb 'to be' must be used.

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    Re: I don't feel well. I think I will be

    Are you sure? I mean, I'm no expert but Google has 15,300 hits for "I think I'm getting ill."

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    Re: I don't feel well. I think I will be

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    Are you sure? I mean, I'm no expert but Google has 15,300 hits for "I think I'm getting ill."
    That's natural in American English at least.
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    Re: I don't feel well. I think I will be

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    Are you sure? I mean, I'm no expert but Google has 15,300 hits for "I think I'm getting ill."
    And it has almost half a million for "I think I'm getting sick."

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    Re: I don't feel well. I think I will be

    I think I'm getting ill/sick both sound natural enough to me.

    And in answer to the question, I think I'll be ill is not right in this context. The will here makes the utterance sound like it's a conscious decision. You need a going to to make a prediction of events supported by evidence. The evidence here is the 'not feeling well'.

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    Re: I don't feel well. I think I will be

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    Hello,

    I don't feel well. I think I _____ (be) ill.

    The key: am/am going to be

    This question was asked on the exam today. I feel confused why 'will' is wrong. Does it really sound odd?

    Thanks.
    Ademoglu, I might know why are you confused. The verb in the brackets (be) must be cut out from the sentence and used in some other way. Like "I think I am Ill". But in your example, your sentence goes "I think I will ill". Your sentence does not mean (as you probably thought) "I think I will be ill.". You have to convert be. It does not stay there.

    At least that's what I think what you think, because I would make the same mistake, until I realized what other people answered and figured out where the problem is.
    I'm not an English teacher. English is not my native language. Feel free to correct any sentence I write, regardless of the topic. It's a great way of learning and practicing English. Thank you!

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