Lesson 18 is going to have / is having

Choose the correct answers:

Which sentences show more definite plans?

  1. The class is going to have an end-of-the-semester celebration after the final exam tomorrow.
  2. The class is having an end-of-the-semester celebration after the final exam tomorrow.
  3. Everyone in our class is going to come to the party tomorrow.
  4. Everyone in our class is coming to the party tomorrow.

Explain:

While all the sentences above are correct and mean planned future activities/schedules, present progressive implies that the plans are more certain to happen. Also, while using present progressive for the future, be sure to add a future time expression in order not to cause confusion with activities going on at the moment of speaking unless the context makes the future reference clear.

  • In Sentences #2 and #4, the use of the present progressive tense shows that the plans are more definite.

 

Review:

Choose the answers that show more certain plans:

Some of our professors __________ (are going to come, are coming) to the celebration tomorrow. The college __________ (is going to  let, is letting) us use an area in the cafeteria. A few classmates __________ (are going to perform, are performing) the most popular dances from their home countries.

(Note: The last two sentences do not have a future time expression, but the context from the first sentence is clearly indicating that the time is “tomorrow”.)

 

 

Answers:

Sentence #3 and Sentence #4

are coming; is letting; are performing

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