Student mixes tenses - How to correct them?

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Student mixes tenses - How to correct them?

Unread post by Kate_H » 11 Sep 2015, 12:22

Hi

I hope someone can help me, please. :)

This error was included in a present continuous lesson.

'John has been to Paris - I expect he'll come back next week.' However I am wondering what rule there is for present continuous? How could you correct this?

If John is currently in Paris and you know he'll return next week. Why use present perfect? :?:

They've mixed Present Perfect 'Has been' with future tense 'He'll come back'

Would it be correct to say 'John is staying in Paris - I expect he is coming back next week. Can anyone help me decipher the rule here?

How else could you say that John has been to Paris and he'll come back next week.

Thank you in advance.

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Re: Student mixes tenses - How to correct them?

Unread post by Lucy » 12 Sep 2015, 17:01

If John is currently in Paris, then yes present perfect is incorrect. John is in Paris is correct.

I expect he'll come back next week is correct. You use the present continuous for future plans, eg I'm meeting John tonight: that is a plan. I expect he'll come back next week isn't a plan; the person just thinks it's possible.
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Re: Student mixes tenses - How to correct them?

Unread post by allanconne » 15 Oct 2015, 11:15

Totally agree with Lucy you use the present continuous for future planning

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