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    "I am watching tv at 9"
    Is this grammatically correct if you aren't presently doing the action at the time but will be doing it in the future? My dad says it isn't, he tells me off for saying it, but it comes naturally, so surely it's correct?
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    I would say it is vernacularly correct, as just about everybody I know phrases it like that... but it should probably be "I will be watching t.v at nine". It's not really important anyway, If you say that "[you are] watching tv at 9" people will still know what you're planning to do... I guess your Dad has such a problem with it because it isn't something you are doing, it is something you intend to do... it also sounds slightly more prophetic, don't you think? As if you know for definite that that is what you will be doing...



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    (Original post by Liam_G)
    I would say it is vernacularly correct, as just about everybody I know phrases it like that... but it should probably be "I will be watching t.v at nine". It's not really important anyway, If you say that "[you are] watching tv at 9" people will still know what you're planning to do... I guess your Dad has such a problem with it because it isn't something you are doing, it is something you intend to do... it also sounds slightly more prophetic, don't you think? As if you know for definite that that is what you will be doing...



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    Well I don't understand the words vernacularly and prophetic but I think I get what you mean Thanks. So technically it's right.
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    (Original post by Summergirl.x)
    Well I don't understand the words vernacularly and prophetic but I think I get what you mean Thanks. So technically it's right.
    Sorry

    Vernacularly means that it is used in everyday language... It has become normal to phrase it like that.
    And by prophetic, i mean that it seems that by saying "i am watching tv at nine" it makes you sound like you're able to predict the future... if you get what i mean.
 
 
 
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