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today vs tomorrow #1 (permalink) Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:11 am   today vs tomorrow
 

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ESL/EFL Test #250 "'Today', 'yesterday' and 'tomorrow' (1)", question 8

We're celebrating our wedding anniversary .......... We'll have been married for exactly 25 years.

(a) today
(b) yesterday
(c) tomorrow

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #250 "'Today', 'yesterday' and 'tomorrow' (1)", answer 8

We're celebrating our wedding anniversary today. We'll have been married for exactly 25 years.

Correct answer: (a) today

Your answer was: correct
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Hi,

I chose " tomorrow" as the answer because I thought the phrase"we'll have been" indicates that something will be happened or finished in the future. Besides that, "we're celeberating" is used to refer to planned future actions.

Doesn't it make sense?
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today vs tomorrow #2 (permalink) Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:31 am   today vs tomorrow
 

HI Zishuli,

I agree a case can be made for using 'tomorrow' but I think the test writer wanted to indicate that the event is now/ today. But you are quite right when you say the Present Continuous can be used for a future event.

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today vs tomorrow #3 (permalink) Sun Dec 21, 2008 4:24 am   today vs tomorrow
 

Hi Alan:
I think is better to say:
"We're celebrating our wedding anniversary today. We have been married for exactly 25 years."
But if you want use future perfect you can say:
"We're celebrating our wedding anniversary tomorrow. We will have been married for exactly 25 years."
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