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Unread Dec 10th, 2009, 04:03 pm
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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?

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Unread Dec 11th, 2009, 11:14 am
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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.
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