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Quick Write 102811 “Part 5 from Part 7-4”

QW 1028 tries to exemplify how to learn grammar from Part 7 passages. The short announcement on the Official Book vol.4 page 101 contains a good grammar point on “tense”. The first sentence of the passage states that Ms. Cho, the book author, is going to be on the news program as in “S (Subject) will be appearing”. The second sentence indicates that she will talk about her first book during the show as in “S will be interviewed”. Then you’d wonder why “S (Subject) will be appearing”, not “S (Subject) will appear”.

The way I see the difference between “will be ~ing" and “will do” is that “will be ~ing” describes what the subject is doing at some point in the future, which is more like a confirmed plan, whereas “will” expresses the subject’s action in the future, but it also connotes the subject’s intention or hope, leaving the possibility that the action (or plan) may be canceled. The passage announces that Ms. Cho is scheduled to be on the show, and her appearance itself is very "unlikely” to be canceled. If the program starts at 6 p.m., Ms. Cho will appear on the show a few minutes past 6 p.m., or at whatever time during the show, which is literally “what the subject (= Ms. Cho) is doing at some point in the future”. On the contrary, if the announcement says “Ms. Cho will appear…”, it still talks about Ms. Cho’s action (or plan) in the future, but it could also send a message to readers of the announcement that she might not come to the show depending on her intention or due to whatever changes in schedule.

Yet the good news is, TOEIC Part 5 almost never tries testing our knowledge on the difference between “will be ~ing” and “will do”. There should be only one legitimate answer to one test item, so it’s almost unlikely that both “will be ~ing” and “will do” are in the four multiple choices to one test item. For instance, when “will be appearing” is the correct answer, there will a more obvious "distracter” or “decoy”, such as “will be appeared” or “appearing” as follows:

Mr. Perry _ _ _ _ _ _ _ on the Analysis at 8 p.m. EST this coming Friday.
A) appearing B) appear *C)will be appearing D) will be appeared

(50 minutes / 394 words)

"Decoy" A person or thing used to mislead or lure someone into a trap (OED)
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