Could anyone tell me the correct way of sneaking in a verb ''appear'' in the following sentence? The book is likely to be published and (will appear/appears/ is going to appear) on sale pretty soon.

  • I don't think you can really "sneak" the word appear in there if you're also going to have on sale. Using both looks clumsy and unnecessarily verbose to me. Either go for and will appear soon or and will be on sale soon. Using present tense (simple, or continuous is going to) would be perfectly credible, but given your precise context (contrasting what is likely to be true now with what is expected to happen later) I think it's better to use the explicit future, but that's just a stylistic choice. – FumbleFingers Mar 21 '17 at 17:35
  • and appear on sale That's actually an infinitive which sort of borrows the elided to from to be. I certainly agree that on sale is redundant and wordy. – shawnt00 Mar 22 '17 at 17:10

All of those sentences would be grammatically correct, but it makes the sentence sound a little to wordy, a sentence like this would sound more to the point. (although not necessarily better)

The book is likely to be published and will go on sale soon.

Though any of those sentences sound good, I would try to find the most precise and least wordy one for that scenario.

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