Is it ok to use Present Progressive in this construction?

Recently l came across the following construction: The river which is afflicted with black lobsters is losing its fish soon. I am wondering why the writer used ‘is losing’ instead of the more natural ‘is going to lose’. Would anyone clear up my doubts please? Answer ‘Is losing’ could only reasonably be paired with ‘soon’ … Read more

What’s the difference between “He’s going to fly tomorrow”, “He’s flying tomorrow” and “He flies tomorrow”?

Let consider that someone will take a flight tomorrow with a plan of course. In this case, we can use He’s going to fly tomorrow in Simple Future. How ever, I’ve learnt that we can also use Present Continues to represent this situation in future too. So we’re allowed to use He’s flying tomorrow. On … Read more

What is the meaning of the “will already have….” structure?

I am wondering about the meaning of a sentence which includes the “will already have….” structure? The exact sentence is a part of IELTS practice test which says: ” ….in today’s tutorial we’re going to discuss the essays that you have to submit by the end of next week. Some of you will have already … Read more

Correct usage of thinking about future

Is this sentence grammatically correct? I had to ponder on my future at a beautiful place. Answer The sentence is acceptable. But according to Collins Dictionary: ponder verb (when intransitive,  sometimes followed by ON or OVER)  to give thorough or deep consideration (TO); meditate (UPON). The thing is that this verb is usually transitive and is followed by the direct object without any preposition /for example: to … Read more

Usage of Future tense will and to be + ing-form

Could anyone please explain the usage of the future tense ‘will’ and ‘to be +ing-form’? Is it correct to say ‘I will clean the kitchen right now.’ (I am about to do something in the very near future) and ‘I am working tomorrow.’ (my intention) Thank you very much in advance. Answer You sure can … Read more

Can you use future tense and switch to present in the same sentence?

As in: Occasionally, he will spontaneously generate the sentences on his own and sometimes uses, “May I have.” Answer In spoken English, it may be acceptable for this sentence, but in written English. “. . . and sometimes (he will) use . . .” Yes, we can! You can learn additionally about if-clause conditions to … Read more

Why does Future Perfect Tense “sound” as though it didn’t happen?

Consider these sentences: They will walk before breakfast. They will have walked before breakfast. The first sentence expresses an action that will end before another action occurs in the future. No issues with that. The second sentence must also express the same information. But somehow it seems to me that it conveys a past action … Read more

“It starts at…” vs. “It is at…”?

What is the difference between “It starts at 9pm” and “It is at 9pm” when we speak about future event? Answer Usually, but not always, the second phrase denotes shorter events, “the race is at 9pm” while the first is used for longer ones “the party starts at 9pm”. Otherwise the difference is purely idiomatic. … Read more

Future tense and past perfect tense together?

Police will have the pictures enlarged in an attempt to identify the thief. This sentence include two tenses. The former one is will for the future tense and the other is past perfect future tense. How can it happen and what’s the grammar behind it? Thanks. Answer There is no such thing as a “past … Read more