Category: future

BE (due) to

There are three similar points in the category of Future expressions with ‘BE’ at B2 in the English Grammar Profile. 47  ‘be due to’ and, more formally, ‘be to’ talk about things that are scheduled or expected. 53 OBLIGATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS WITH ‘BE TO’ 56 present form of ‘be’ + ‘due to’. There is also […]

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BE about to

There are 3 almost identical points in the category of FUTURE in the English Grammar Profile: Point 41  in the past is defined as: simple past form of ‘be’ + ‘about to’ (often with ‘just’) to talk about the immediate future from a point in the past. Point 43 future expressions with ‘BE ABOUT TO […]

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The featured image above shows the multiple proficiency levels that this modal verb is associated with the English Grammar Profile. The very formal nature of this modal verb can be easily seen with a search for collates 5 sides left and right of “shall” in the NOW corpus: 1 BE (VBI ) 211652 2 LAW […]

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