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Does the future tense work in my example? Options
robjen
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 2:30:53 PM
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I am going to write down part of my conversation with my friend below.

(ex) I said, "The summer is coming in a few months. Will you travel in the summer?"

My friend replied, "No, I don't think so."

I asked, "Why not?"

He said, "You know I took out a student loan five years ago for my three-year training program. It's going to take me quite a few years to pay it off."


In his last response, he used the future tense written in red. I think he should use the present continuous because he is making a small repayment every month.

Which tense do you think works better? Thanks a lot.
tunaafi
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 3:24:37 PM

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BE going to is not a future tense. It is simply one way of expressing the future. It is a very natural form to use in this sentence.
FROSTY X RIME
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 3:33:25 PM

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I think the future tense is correct in the context.
It's because "pay off" means the completion of the action of getting rid of debt.

What should be shall be-The fellowship of the ring-
thar
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 3:45:29 PM

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Where you wouldn't use 'will' is for future plans.
It is more natural to use the present.
Are you travelling anywhere this summer?
Are you going to go anywhere his summer?
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