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Hello,

I found in an English grammar book the below sentence, and they say it is wrong:

I have a feeling that something goes wrong.

They say that correct is:

I have a feeling that something is/is going wrong.

I don't understand why.
Thanks in advance.
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JTT: Great explanation, as usual, from CJ. If I might, I'll just add a comment or two.

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I found in an English grammar book the below sentence, and they say it is wrong:

JTT: It's my considered opinion that it's not natural to use 'below' in the frontal position, Alex.

X the below sentence X

the sentence below OKAY

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I have a feeling that something goes wrong.

They say that THE correct ONE is:

I have a feeling that something is/is going wrong.

JTT: The past tense could also be used here.

I have a feeling that something is wrong /was wrong / went wrong. ,

depending, of course, on, need I say it, the context.
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JTT wrote:
The past tense could also be used here.

I have a feeling that something is wrong /was wrong / went wrong. ,

depending, of course, on, need I say it, the context.


Excellent examples, JTT.
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"goes wrong" expresses habitual aspect. "I have a feeling that" expresses something immediate - an immediate impression. The two don't go together.

"Something goes wrong every time we try this procedure."
"Whenever we drive to my mother-in-law's, something goes wrong."
"Something always goes wrong when we don't plan ahead."

"I can see quite clearly that something is going wrong."
"They have just now noticed that something is going wrong."
"He has a feeling that something is going wrong."

CJ
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Thank you also for the tip about the word order: 'the sentence below"

Regards
Alex