eslHQ Home
User Name Password
Lost Password? | Join, it's FREE!
View today's posts
Search Extras Help   

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Unread Dec 10th, 2009, 04:03 pm
eslHQ Member
Join Date: Dec 10th, 2009
Posts: 1
Kanas78 is on a distinguished road
Default "What will tomorrow be?"

hello friends, could you help me with this question

"What will tomorrow be?"-in my opinion it is gramatically wrong and should be

"what will be tomorrow?"

Help me plz- which is correct or maybe it should be in the other way?

Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Unread Dec 11th, 2009, 11:14 am
Join Date: Oct 8th, 2006
Location: Milan
Posts: 1,400
susan53 is on a distinguished road
Default Re: "What will tomorrow be?"

What will tomorrow be ? is correct in terms of the word order. Think of the answer :

Tomorrow will be quite a difficult day.

This shows that tomorrow is the subject of the sentence, and Wh- question word order in this type of question, where the answer focuses on the object or complement, is always :

1. Wh- word : What, where, when etc
2. Auxiliary verb : can, will, do etc
3. Subject
4. Main verb
5. Anything else

So that gives all the following :

Where (1) - do (2) - you (3) - live (4)?
When (1) - can (2)- we (3)- see (4)- you to talk about it (5)?
What (1)- will (2)- tomorrow (3) - be?

The odd thing about this sentence is the verb form itself. Will + infinitive is used to make a prediction and it's odd to imagine someone asking you to make a prediction about what the next day will be. The only natural context I can think of is a question asked because someone hadn't heard properly :
A : I think tomorrow will probably be quite a difficult day.
B : Sorry? What will tomorrow be?

But I wonder if you were maybe thinking of a question about the days of the week - ? In this case it's not a prediction at all, but a fact. The natural question and answer would therefore be What day is it tomorrow? / It's Tuesday.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads Replies
(1E) What are they going to do tomorrow? 0

Find the Best TEFL, TESL, TESOL & CELTA Certification Courses - User Submitted Ratings & Reviews for Online, Distance & Abroad TEFL Courses. Over 3,500 reviews of 100+ TEFL schools!

Teach English in Thailand - Onsite and Combined TEFL certification courses in Phuket, Thailand.

Free ESL Flashcards

Similar Threads Replies
(1E) What are they going to do tomorrow? 0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:55 pm.

All materials from this website are for classroom-use only. Digital redistribution of materials, in part or in whole, is strictly forbidden!

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2