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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, November 26, 2021 12:15:48 AM
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I will bow automatically whenever I see my school principal.

Is "automatically" the correct word?

Thanks.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, November 26, 2021 12:31:07 AM

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It's ok, but sounds a bit like machinery or computers
you could also use "habitually" or "routinely".

We people are people, not machines.
sureshot
Posted: Friday, November 26, 2021 1:53:29 AM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
I will bow automatically whenever I see my school principal.

Is "automatically" the correct word?

Thanks.

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I infer that you are talking about your natural instinct to bow whenever you see your principal. If this is the case, the use of future indefinite is not required. Future indefinite is appropriate to talk about future intentions. It is better to use simple present tense to talk about a routine habit. Also, "spontaneously" is a better word to talk about an action done without premeditation. You could say:

- I bow spontaneously whenever I see my school principal.

One synonym of "spontaneously" is "automatically". However, in the given sentence, "spontaneously" is a better choice.
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