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    Future Tenses and sentences to be corrected.

    Hello!

    I would need your help for correcting possible mistakes I've made in translating some sentences from Italian to English.

    I had to translate them, choosing the proper future tense to use.
    Here are the sentences (I highlighted the tenses I chose):

    1 - I'm sorry but the ferry WILL BE LEAVING in 30 minutes.
    2 - Is it true that Mark WILL GO to China next year?
    3 - Do you think it WILL BE an available carpark?
    4 - WILL THERE BE a concert of Duran Duran (or a Duran Duran's concert? ) next week?
    5 - I think it WILL SNOW soon, since the sky is overcast.


    Thanks to anyone!


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    Re: Future Tenses and sentences to be corrected.

    Welcome to the forums.

    Quote Originally Posted by alexcambridge View Post
    Hello!

    I would need your help for correcting possible mistakes I've made in translating some sentences from Italian to English.

    I had to translate them, choosing the proper future tense to use.
    Here are the sentences (I highlighted the tenses I chose):

    1 - I'm sorry but the ferry WILL BE LEAVING in 30 minutes.
    2 - Is it true that Mark WILL GO to China next year?
    3 - Do you think it WILL BE an available carpark?
    4 - WILL THERE BE a concert of Duran Duran (or a Duran Duran's concert? ) next week?
    5 - I think it WILL SNOW soon, since the sky is overcast.


    Thanks to anyone!
    All fine.

    #4 "A Duran Duran concert" [the name of the group becomes adjectival]


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    Re: Future Tenses and sentences to be corrected.

    Nice!

    Thank you very much! ;)


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    Re: Future Tenses and sentences to be corrected.

    Hi Alexcambridge,

    I think "is going to " is more suitable in sentence 5 as we use "be going to " to predict that something will happen in the future base on the evidence we have now (the sky is overcast). Hence,

    I think it is going to snow soon, since the sky is overcast.

    ong


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    Re: Future Tenses and sentences to be corrected.

    Quote Originally Posted by ongshang View Post
    Hi Alexcambridge,

    I think "is going to " is more suitable in sentence 5 as we use "be going to " to predict that something will happen in the future base on the evidence we have now (the sky is overcast). Hence,

    I think it is going to snow soon, since the sky is overcast.

    ong
    To me "It will snow soon" is far more likely to be heard that "It is going to snow soon".


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    Re: Future Tenses and sentences to be corrected.

    Hi Anglika,

    What I learned while I was in the UK and through Grammar reference book was the explanation that I wrote previously.

    Since I am not a native speaker and my first language is not English. The only guide that I have is reference books. So, could it means that the book is wrong (Cambridge Advanced Grammar In Use) or both are correct?(Now, English grammar is really confusing.)

    Thank you.
    ong


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    Re: Future Tenses and sentences to be corrected.

    I have to agree with ongshang. In my grammar reference book I have the same explation you gave us.

    On the other hand the book says you have to use the future simple when you express a supposition.

    What to do?
    Consider it as a supposition o as a certain fact to be happening based on evidence?

    EDIT: if there is any native Englishman, let him tell us!
    Last edited by alexcambridge; 15-Aug-2008 at 21:44. Reason: EDIT: if there is any native Englishman, let him tell us! :-)

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    Re: Future Tenses and sentences to be corrected.

    Quote Originally Posted by alexcambridge View Post
    I have to agree with ongshang. In my grammar reference book I have the same explation you gave us.

    On the other hand the book says you have to use the future simple when you express a supposition.

    What to do?
    Consider it as a supposition o as a certain fact to be happening based on evidence?

    EDIT: if there is any native Englishman, let him tell us!
    There's nothing in it. They mean the same thing.
    Are you sure your grammar book says you have to use the future simple?

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