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    Proper usage of "to be + Infinitive"

    Hello,

    Could you clarify one grammar issue?

    In Present Tense we can use verb "to be" + "Infinitive" to emphasize a necessity to perform an action scheduled. For example, "We are to work today."

    The question is whether it's correct or not to apply the above for Future Tense, i.e. is it correct to write or say:"We will be to work tomorrow."?
    or only "We will have to work tomorrow." is right for usage.

    Thanks.


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    Re: Proper usage of "to be + Infinitive"

    All these are grammatically correct:

    "We are to work today." -(conveying an edict from the Workers' Union)
    "We are working today." - (there was some uncertainty, and now the boss is telling his men that work will continue on their building project today.)

    "We have to work tomorrow."
    "We will have to work tomorrow."
    "We will be working tomorrow."

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