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Autor:  José Roberto
E-mail:  josezambon@merconet.com.br
Data:  30/DEZ/2004 8:45 PM
Assunto:  Re: Will and going to
 
Mensagem:  "Most of this subject matter involves future events/states and so gives the impression they are future forms - they are not; context and adverbs indicating time context." Yes, that's it, in rare occasions, 'will' can refer to past time as in: It's 7 o'clock now, they WILL have arrived home by now. => They left third minutes ago, they don't live far from here, the traffic seemed ok, so "given my perecption of the immediate situation, it is inevitably true that" they have arrived home by now. As Lewis says "if it is NOT future the second state must be something of which the speaker does not have DIRECT FACTUAL KNOWLEDGE". We are by far more likely to not have factual knwoledge of affairs that are to come, normally what happens now or has happened are facts that we eventually will get to know And I was going to leave for work when my sister phoned telling my father had been hospitalised. Wouldn't need any further comments José Roberto


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Will and going to  –  Roberto  27/DEZ/2004, 9:23 PM
Re: Will and going to  –  José Roberto  27/DEZ/2004, 11:06 PM
Re: Will and going to  –  Cris  28/DEZ/2004, 8:34 AM
Re: Will and going to  –  happy new year  30/DEZ/2004, 6:31 PM
 Re: Will and going to  –  José Roberto  30/DEZ/2004, 8:45 PM

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