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    were it taking place in the present

    In main clauses, the future use of the simple present occurs with time-position adverbials to suggest that the event is unalterably fixed in advance, and is as certain as it would be, were it taking place in the present.

    What does "as certain as it would be, were it taking place in the present" mean?
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    Re: were it taking place in the present

    as certain . . as if it were taking place in the present

    it's definitely going to happen, or at least, it's scheduled

    but do you really mean 'future use of present simple' or do you mean present continuous ?

    i.e. I'm seeing Bill on Friday.

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    Re: were it taking place in the present

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    In main clauses, the future use of the simple present occurs with time-position adverbials to suggest that the event is unalterably fixed in advance, and is as certain as it would be, were it taking place in the present.
    Hi, sitifan.
    Is it an excerpt from a grammar book...or....?

    I'm not really sure...but...
    could it be like...timetables??

    e.g.
    What time does the bus arrive in Seattle?

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    Re: were it taking place in the present

    Yes, the passage is?/was? quoted from A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. By the way, which tense should I use, is quoted or was quoted?

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    Re: were it taking place in the present

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Yes, the passage is?/was? quoted from A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. By the way, which tense should I use, is quoted or was quoted?
    "Was" because you are referring back to a post that you made before.

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    Re: were it taking place in the present

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hi, sitifan.
    Is it an excerpt from a grammar book...or....?

    I'm not really sure...but...
    could it be like...timetables??

    e.g.
    What time does the bus arrive in Seattle?
    Yes, you're right.
    I leave for Paris tomorrow. or
    I'm leaving for Paris tomorrow.
    I don't necessarily agree that that is as certain as "I am leaving for Paris now". The intention may be as certain.

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