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present continuous vs future simple

Lovely Lana

present continuous vs future simple
Hi dear colleagues,
There īs a sentence in a test:

 It īs been decided that consideration ___ to the issue at next week īs meeting.

a) is being given b) will be given (the correct answer is b).

Why is option a) wrong?
Other than saying that option b) sounds better, I can īt think of a solid explanation. I mean, I can say: It īs been decided that we īre leaving tomorrow night, where we use present continuous with future meaning.

Thanks in advance

25 Mar 2014      


I think it is because "to be" (here used as the auxiliary for the passive) is usually a state verb and thus isn īt used with present continuous for future meaning. We can use "going to" or "will" with "be" for the future.

It is a beautiful day today and we īre playing tennis.
It īs going to be a beautiful day tomorrow and we īre going to play tennis.
It will be a beautiful day tomorrow and we will play tennis.

BUT: It īll be a beautiful day tomorrow, so we īre playing tennis.

In your example, we could say It īs been decided that the boss is giving the presentation at the meeting next week - "give" as an active verb and not in the passive - but with "to be" it doesn īt sound right.

I hope that helps!

25 Mar 2014     

Lovely Lana

Thanks a lot for your answer,FruaSue, it does help! :-)

25 Mar 2014     

United States

This one was a head scratcher, but I think I īve come up with an explanation by trying various options. It is because the item isn īt scheduled (even though it has been decided).
I could definitely say, "The agenda says that consideration is being given to the issue at next week īs meeting", but not "It īs been decided that..."
I hope this helps.

25 Mar 2014     

United States

It has to do with the decision and what the decision was. At the time of the decision (which is what we are describing) the consideration was not yet in process--it was upcoming.
"We īve decided that consideration is being given." would mean that you were already in the process and it would go something like this:
1: Are we giving this our consideration?
2: I īm not sure, are we? I can īt really decide.
1: Well let īs see.  We have been gathering data and comparing it to the other options..
2:..and we are seriously considering that it may be an option...
1: So, based on these facts, I would say we really are considering it (as an option).
The other option "we have decided to give it our consideration", would indicate that the data gathering, etc. would take place after the decision (Should we begin the process?).

26 Mar 2014     


As a native speaker (British) the following sentence is fine for me:

"It īs been decided that consideration will be given to the issue at next week īs meeting."

When we talk about what īs on the agenda at the meeting we use the future simple in the same way as planning and discussing a holiday itinerary for example.

Other examples could be:

·        It’s been decided that the coach will stop off at London for the night.

·        The government has decided that taxes will be cut next year.

What do other native speakers think?




26 Mar 2014     

Lovely Lana

Thanks a lot for your answers, dear friends Smile

26 Mar 2014