I am interested in this sentence:

He ______ his boss that he ______ back after his vacation.

a) doesn't tell / hasn't come

b) won't tell / won't have come

c) isn't telling / doesn't come

d) hasn't told / won't be coming

e) didn't tell / hadn't come

I've answered B but it's obvious that we can't have a sentence with two auxiliary verbs "to be" in the future form. But the right answer is D and I'm curious about the secont part. Since won't be coming is the future continuous tense I find no way of implementing it in this sentence, Am I mistaken? What way of usage the future continuous is it?


d) is the answer. 'won't be coming' is the same as 'isn't going to come back' or 'isn't coming back' - something planned.

  • Ah I forgot that the future continuous could be used for future plans, i.e something that was arranged. Thx, it is an easy question – Dmitrii May 12 '16 at 20:36
  • hasn't told is because, you were expecting which something has been done but it's not happened right? – TMoraes May 12 '16 at 21:17
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    @TMoraes Right. He hasn't told the boss yet, and the vacation isn't over yet. – Cathy Gartaganis May 13 '16 at 2:55

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