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    #1

    will have/are having

    Which is the best choice? Please
    1) ...............................a party next Saturday. We've sent out the invitations.
    a) We had b) We have c) We'll have d) We're having
    What is the difference between C and D ? cos' I think they're both correct

    Ps This is a real test I've to explain to my students at 'Intermediate level'
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    #2

    Re: will have/are having

    Quote Originally Posted by phorntita View Post
    Which is the best choice? Please
    1) ...............................a party next Saturday. We've sent out the invitations.
    a) We had b) We have c) We'll have d) We're having
    What is the difference between C and D ? cos' I think they're both correct
    Option D is the best choice, taking into consideration the fact that the invitations have already been sent out.

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    Re: will have/are having

    Quote Originally Posted by phorntita View Post
    Which is the best choice? Please
    1) ...............................a party next Saturday. We've sent out the invitations.
    a) We had b) We have c) We'll have d) We're having
    What is the difference between C and D ? cos' I think they're both correct

    Ps This is a real test I've to explain to my students at 'Intermediate level'


    Not a teacher.

    This sentence is showing strongly that this is not a decision made at the moment of speaking. It is totally obvious that the decision has been made earlier and it is also planned beacuse we have already sent out the invitations. So will is not at all acceptable here in my opinion.

    and the answer is : We're having a party next staurday or we are going to have a party next saturday.

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    Re: will have/are having

    Quote Originally Posted by phorntita View Post
    Which is the best choice? Please
    1) ...............................a party next Saturday. We've sent out the invitations.
    a) We had b) We have c) We'll have d) We're having
    What is the difference between C and D ? cos' I think they're both correct
    I agree with you. I am not convinced that d) is better than c); they are both grammatically correct for a future event. Some may prefer d); it may sound better to them, but that would just be a preference.

    The "invitations" sentence indicates that you are hosting the party. Otherwise, b) would also be acceptable. b) usually means 'We have a party to go to next Saturday.'

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    Re: will have/are having

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    are both grammatically correct for a future event.


    Are you sure? Maybe conversationally but Grammatically?

    I've gone through many grammar books as well as the one I'm reading right now and they all have mentioned that will is for the spur of the moment and could not be used for something planned before.


    Someone, please enlighten me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Are you sure? Maybe conversationally but Grammatically?

    I've gone through many grammar books as well as the one I'm reading right now and they all have mentioned that will is for the spur of the moment and could not be used for something planned before.


    Someone, please enlighten me!
    Yes you are right, will is for 'spur of the moment decisions' everywhere except North America it would seem.

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    Thank you.

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    #8

    Re: will have/are having

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes you are right, will is for 'spur of the moment decisions' everywhere except North America it would seem.
    Thank you for your informative details of English Grammar. For me I'm not sure which to choose only c or d It's because this grammar book doesn't have any answer key so I must be sure which is the correct choice before I can explain to them. And in what way does the North America involve to this point, then? Please advise me.

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    Re: will have/are having

    Quote Originally Posted by phorntita View Post
    Thank you for your informative details of English Grammar. For me I'm not sure which to choose only c or d It's because this grammar book doesn't have any answer key so I must be sure which is the correct choice before I can explain to them. And in what way does the North America involve to this point, then? Please advise me.
    To talk about future plans we use either the present continuous, 'I am working tomorrow night.' or the future with 'going to', 'I am going to go to work tomorrow night.' When we decide something on the spur of the moment we use 'will', 'I will go to work tomorrow night.' In North America they seem to use 'will' for every eventuality.

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