Explain the rule please!

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Explain the rule please!

Post by missmila » Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:46 pm

In the sentence Children are to do homework before they go for a walk. why can't we use will after they?

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Re: Explain the rule please!

Post by Alan » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:15 am

In a time adverbial, even with future reference future tenses (will do, etc.) are not used. (Future becomes present and future perfect becomes present perfect).

You should be able to find information on such general grammar points at the ESL Learning Centre.