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Find the mistakes in the following sentences:

1. Tomorrow is Mr. Ash's birthday. He is going to be 56.

2. Shall you bring me a glass of water, please?

3. I met a clever Egyptian woman.

My answer:

1. Tomorrow is Mr. Ash's birthday. He will be 56.

2. Will you bring me a glass of water, please?

3. I met a clever, Egyptian woman.

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Tomorrow is Mr. Ash's birthday. He is going to be 56.

I think you'd have trouble convincing native speakers of English that this is a mistake.

It's not!

Clive

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What about the second and third sentences?

Is it correct in formal English to say "I am going to be 56 next week'?

Omar Ahmed1. Tomorrow is Mr. Ash's birthday. He is going to be 56.

There is nothing wrong with "going to be", but "will be" is good.

Omar Ahmed2. Shall you bring me a glass of water, please?

Right. "Shall" is wrong.

Omar Ahmed3. I met a clever Egyptian woman.

There is no error. A comma would be wrong.

Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?

The author of our syllabus is a British teacher. He says , "It is wrong to say 'I am going to be 56'"

Are you sure it is correct to use 'be going to' to express a fact in the future in formal English?

be going to indicates that there is present evidence for a future event.

I suppose if someone told you when Mr Ash's birthday is, and his current age, that would be sufficient evidence of a future event to say "He's going to be 56 (years old) tomorrow".

CJ