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    lagoo is offline Member
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    will now be doing or is now doing

    Hi, I have come across the sentence below at Mirror website, which says:
    “Capello will now be hoping for more success in China and already seem to have the fans behind him.”
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    It’s easy to understand the structure “I am hoping…”or “I hope…”, but I am really confused by the mixture of “will now be hoping…”.

    My second question is what has been omitted as a subject before “already seem to have the fans behind him”.

    Your explanations would be appreciated.
    Last edited by lagoo; 13-Jun-2017 at 17:06.

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    Re: will now be doing or is now doing

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Capello/he.
    Would the complete sentence be "Capello will already seem to have the fans behind him."?

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    Re: will now be doing or is now doing

    If the original text says "seem", it's a mistake. It should be "seems​" to agree with the subject, Capello.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: will now be doing or is now doing

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    When the speaker uses 'will' it can, as it does in this case, show that the speaker is asserting certainty about a present-time situation.
    ​So can I change it into " It's certain/apparent that Capello is now hoping for more success in China."?

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    Re: will now be doing or is now doing

    Quote Originally Posted by lagoo View Post
    Would the complete sentence be "Capello will already seem to have the fans behind him."?
    It should be "Capello already seems to have the fans behind him."

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    Re: will now be doing or is now doing

    Quote Originally Posted by lagoo View Post
    ​So can I change it into " It's certain/apparent that Capello is now hoping for more success in China."?
    Capello is hoping for more success, yes. Whether it is certain that he is hoping for more success is the writer's opinion which is not explicit in your example.

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