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    is or will be required to do something

    1) You are required to take care of my cat after I go out of town tomorrow.

    2) You'll be required to take care of my cat after I go out of town tomorrow.

    3) He was advised that he was required to sometimes work long hours.

    4) He was advised that he would be required to sometimes work long hours.


    Q1) Are they all correct? If so, what is the difference between 1) and 2), 3) and 4)?

    Q2) Would it change the meaning of sentence (3)/(4) if I changed the position of the frequency adverb "sometimes"? I mean, what is the difference between the following?

    a) Sometimes you are required to do it.

    b) You are sometimes required to do it.

    c) You are required to sometimes do it.
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    Re: is or will be required to do something

    There are too many questions there. Ask about 3 and 4 in a separate thread.

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    Re: is or will be required to do something

    First please tell us where you got those sentences. Did you make up them up yourself?

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    Re: is or will be required to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    First please tell us where you got those sentences. Did you make up them up yourself?
    The first two are mine. I got the idea for (3) and (4) from here: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dic...nglish/advise: "He was advised that he might be required to sometimes work long hours."

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    Re: is or will be required to do something

    Okay. I would ask you not to make up your own sentences. It's better to find authentic examples of natural use and ask us about those instead.

    Both of your sentences 1 and 2 sound a bit silly.

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    Re: is or will be required to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Both of your sentences 1 and 2 sound a bit silly.
    Would you mind me asking why?

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    Re: is or will be required to do something

    Largely because they are uttered with an authority and formality that is quite ineffective to persuade your next-door neighbour to pop in and give Whiskers a bowl of biscuits once in a while.

    We tend to use BE required only in formal written contexts.

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    Re: is or will be required to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Largely because they are uttered with an authority and formality that is quite ineffective to persuade your next-door neighbour to pop in and give Whiskers a bowl of biscuits once in a while.

    We tend to use BE required only in formal written contexts.
    Oh, the formality thing. Actually, it did occur to me when I was making up those sentences. But, at the time I was more interested in knowing the difference between "is/are required to" and "will be required to". While speaking, I'd probably use "have to" or "must", though.

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