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    Tom ______ (give) a present to Sally for her next birthday.

    I have a grammar question:

    Tom ______ (give) a present to Sally for her next birthday.

    I wonder if either present tense or future tense can be used in this case since the time of this action is not provided.

    use "gives": Tom gives the present now.

    use "will give": Maybe Tom will give it to Sally tomorrow.

    Thank you for your help!

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    Re: Tom ______ (give) a present to Sally for her next birthday.

    Welcome to the forum.

    The logical answer is "will give". There is a time clue in "for her next birthday".
    It would be possible to use "gives" but only as the caption of a picture of Tom handing over a present to Sally. It would be odd, however, for someone to hand over a present in advance of a birthday. Usually, we give people presents on their actual birthday.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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