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    Question "will" used as future construction

    Hi there: how to interpret the meaning of "now" in this sentence: "My daughter will now play the clarinet for you". Does "now" in the sentence mean "at this moment"? by the way, Does the sentence convey a futurate reading? In my opinion, it does. But I don't understand why a future reading can be compitable with an adverbial expression ("now") indicating a present moment. could you help me? thank you. (another example: "I will fill out the form right now")

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    Re: "will" used as future construction

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    Hi there: how to interpret the meaning of "now" in this sentence: "My daughter will now play the clarinet for you". Does "now" in the sentence mean "at this moment"? by the way, Does the sentence convey a futurate reading? In my opinion, it does. But I don't understand why a future reading can be compitable with an adverbial expression ("now") indicating a present moment. could you help me? thank you. (another example: "I will fill out the form right now")
    Dear guzhao:

    "My daughter will now play the clarinet for you" is an announcement. The mother is informing those present that in the next moment, her daughter will play. In other words, after the mother has finished speaking, nothing else will happen before the daughter begins to play.
    You are right that there is an illogical element to this construction.

    "I will fill out the form right now" = "Before I do anything else, I will fill out the form."

    I hope this helps,

    Petra

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