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    expressing future - 2 examples

    Hi, I'm studying future tenses and I'm wondering if in my examples below both answers are correct.

    Example 1:

    'Is everything prepared for tomorrow's party?'

    'No, but I promise it will be by tomorrow evening'
    or
    'No, but I promise it will have been by tomorrow evening.'

    Example 2:

    'Good English helps if you want a good job.'

    'Yes, that's why I'm going to take a class in English this summer.'
    or
    'Yes, that's why I'm taking a class in English this summer.'

    Example 3:

    'Are you reading this book tonight? I would like to borrow it.'
    'No, you can take it.'
    or
    'Are you going to read this book tonight? I would like to borrow it.'
    'No, you can take it.'

    Thanks for your replies in advance.

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    Re: expressing future - 2 examples

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    Hi, I'm studying future tenses and I'm wondering if in my examples below both answers are correct.

    Example 1:

    'Is everything prepared for tomorrow's party?'

    'No, but I promise it will be by tomorrow evening.'
    or
    'No, but I promise it will have been by tomorrow evening.' Not natural.

    Example 2:

    'Good English helps if you want a good job.'

    'Yes, that's why I'm going to take a class in English this summer.' "An English class" is more natural.
    or
    'Yes, that's why I'm taking a class in English this summer.' See above.

    Example 3:

    'Are you reading this book tonight? I would like to borrow it.'
    'No, you can take it.'
    or
    'Are you going to read this book tonight? I would like to borrow it.'
    'No, you can take it.'

    Thanks for your replies in advance.
    See comments above.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: expressing future - 2 examples

    Learners are often looking for clear-cut rules in an area where there is a lot of overlap and much is grey rather than black and white.

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