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Odd use of 'will' #1 (permalink) Tue Jul 08, 2008 19:30 pm   Odd use of 'will'
 

Business Idiom in English, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #422 "Retail Sales Phrases", question 8

Customer: "Excuse me. When will you close today?" Sales clerk: "We'll close ......... 10 o'clock."

(a) for
(b) to
(c) at
(d) on

Business Idiom in English, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #422 "Retail Sales Phrases", answer 8

Customer: "Excuse me. When will you close today?" Sales clerk: "We'll close at 10 o'clock."

Correct answer: (c) at
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The use of 'will' is rather odd in this conversation. The simple present tense would be far more typical:

Customer: "Excuse me. When do you close today?"
Sales clerk: "We close at 10 o'clock."
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Odd use of 'will' #2 (permalink) Tue Jul 08, 2008 19:56 pm   Odd use of 'will'
 

true...but with "will" in the original question I think it might be more natural to respond with it in the answer.

However I agree with you, but I think the question needs to change too. I think "when do you close?" is a more natural way to ask the question and will give the response you suggested.
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Odd use of 'will' #3 (permalink) Tue Jul 08, 2008 20:00 pm   Odd use of 'will'
 

oops just noticed you changed the question to that already. ignore me please! :)
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Odd use of 'will' #4 (permalink) Tue Jul 08, 2008 20:02 pm   Odd use of 'will'
 

Benjamin wrote:
true...but with "will" in the original question I think it might be more natural to respond with it in the answer.

However I agree with you, but I think the question needs to change too. I think "when do you close?" is a more natural way to ask the question and will give the response you suggested.
Did you not notice that my suggested change had the simple present in both the question and the response, Ben? :?
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Odd use of 'will' #5 (permalink) Tue Jul 08, 2008 20:43 pm   Odd use of 'will'
 

too late I did yes. apologies.
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Odd use of 'will' #6 (permalink) Tue Jul 08, 2008 21:17 pm   Odd use of 'will'
 

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I'm happy that you agree, Ben. :D
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