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Which is the best?

  1. Once you've paid, we will take an appointment with your sister.
  2. Once you've paid, we are taking an appointment with your sister.
  3. Once you've paid, we are going to take an appointment with your sister.

I think the first one and third are better because in sentence 2 we could understand that the present progressive expresses the present which is not the case.

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    If you're going to contract you've, it would usually be more natural to also contract we will to we'll. Note that you make (not take) an appointment. Other than that, your first version is natural, the second is syntactic garbage, and the third is "credible, but unlikely". – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jul 27 '17 at 13:46
  • what do you mean by syntactic garbage? – user5577 Jul 27 '17 at 17:15
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    You should always wait before accepting an answer. Please read our Not so fast! meta post. The first answer may not be the best, or even correct. – P. E. Dant Jul 27 '17 at 19:32
  • Is this an establishment talking to a client? I've never heard "take an appointment with". Usually, clients "make appointments with a service provider". If the business is taking action, I'd say "schedule an appointment for your sister". – Senjougahara Hitagi Jul 27 '17 at 22:39
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All three versions are grammatically valid..


Once you've paid, we will make an appointment with your sister.

There is no rule about the consistency in making contractions within a statement, or series of statements. I myself most likely would have structured the statement in this way.


Once you've paid, we are making an appointment with your sister.

This statement conveys a kind of authority, and is perfectly acceptable.


Once you've paid, we are going to make an appointment with your sister.

Basically the same as the other two, but a bit more wordy (and a bit less authoritative).

  • Sentence 2 is not remotely idiomatic in English! The present progressive is not used to express the future. This usage would only be heard in Indian "English". – P. E. Dant Jul 27 '17 at 19:29
  • ..So you're saying that "once you get dressed, we are leaving" is incorrect too?? Can you provide some literature that outlines this? Thanks. – user30379 Jul 27 '17 at 19:38
  • No, that construction is fine. I ought to have written: "We would not use the present progressive as in the second example sentence." This is worthy of a question, and I encourage you to post it! – P. E. Dant Jul 27 '17 at 19:40
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    I think the "once" phrase is begging for some kind of explicit marking of the future tense. – Senjougahara Hitagi Jul 27 '17 at 23:01
  • So why is present progressive not possible in the second example? – user5577 Jul 28 '17 at 6:14

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