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collaborating #1 (permalink) Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:54 am   collaborating
 

Hi,

"Will I be collaborating with others?"

Is there anything wrong with this sentence?
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collaborating #2 (permalink) Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:11 pm   collaborating
 

Hi Rickyrocky,

not to me. It's written in the future progressive tense.

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collaborating #3 (permalink) Fri Apr 08, 2011 16:17 pm   collaborating
 

Cgk wrote:
Hi Rickyrocky,
not to me. It's written in the future progressive tense.
Claudia

Yes, to me. The time in the future isn't specified.
I would rather use will future tense and say

Will I collaborate with the others?

Will I be collaborating with them tomorrow at 2 o'clock?

'Will I be collaborating with the others?' could be all right for me if it was in a context from which I can get the definite time at which it is to happen.

As you can see I also think there should be "the others" and not simply "others".
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collaborating #4 (permalink) Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:31 am   collaborating
 

E2e4 wrote:
Yes, to me. The time in the future isn't specified.
I would rather use will future tense and say

Will I collaborate with the others?

Will I be collaborating with them tomorrow at 2 o'clock?

'Will I be collaborating with the others?' could be all right for me if it was in a context from which I can get the definite time at which it is to happen.

As you can see I also think there should be "the others" and not simply "others".

I have two questions:

Is it true that

a time frame needs to be specified in future perfect progressive tense:
I will have been working at Kwik-E-Mart for 25 years by then.

but not in the future progressive tense:
I will be working at Kwik-E-Mart.

Doesn't "others" mean a general group of people, while "the others" refers to a specific group of people?

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collaborating #5 (permalink) Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:58 am   collaborating
 

E2e4 wrote:
Yes, to me. The time in the future isn't specified.

'Will I be collaborating with others?' is grammatically correct. Here's an example:

I want you to work on this project.
Will I be collaborating with others?
Yes, there will be a team of three.
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collaborating #6 (permalink) Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:03 am   collaborating
 

Thank you, Beeesneees! :-)

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collaborating #7 (permalink) Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:10 am   collaborating
 

Beeesneees wrote:
'Will I be collaborating with others?' is grammatically correct. Herre's an example:

I want you to work on this project.
Will I be collaborating with others?
Yes, there will be a team of three.

I am sorry but I must ask a question.

"others" or "the others"?

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collaborating #8 (permalink) Sat Apr 09, 2011 15:09 pm   collaborating
 

E2e4 wrote:
"others" or "the others"?

In the sentence "Will I be collaborating with others?" the speaker simply wants to know whether he will be working with anybody -- i.e. with any other people. He is asking somewhat indirectly whether he will be working alone or not. Exactly who 'others' might possibly be is not specified. The question refers very generally to 'other people'.

If the speaker had said 'the others', that would have been a reference to a specific group of people, and both the speaker and the listener would already know precisely which people make up the group referred to as 'the others'.

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collaborating #9 (permalink) Sat Apr 09, 2011 17:02 pm   collaborating
 

I've got it. Thanks
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