This is what we do in English!

Alan

Kwiziq community member

6 June 2018

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This is what we do in English!

(Sorry, this is not really a question, but a hopefully helpful comment.)

Colloquially in English we often use the future tense to express present probabilities or predictions, just like the Spanish.  E.g. We could say "I'm not sure where John is, but he'll be practising his Spanish I should think."  Or "Do you think Fred has arrived home yet? Oh, he'll be relaxing with his feet up by now." 

This relates to:
Using El Futuro Simple (simple future) to express probabilities or predictions in the present -

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

7 June 2018

7/06/18

Good point! We do use English future constructions in a very similar way (the "will" and "going to" forms). I'll chat with the team about the nuances here as I think in Spanish it's much more likely to be used than in English. Thanks for the input!

Alan

Kwiziq community member

18 June 2018

18/06/18

Incidently, we also use the conditional to wonder about the past, as in Spanish.


"I wonder what Beethoven would think of punk rock? Oh, he'd be spinning in his grave I reckon!"


(The parallels are fascinating aren't they!) 

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