Ashlie and Stephen are getting ready for Christmas. They need to buy presents and decorate the tree, but there's still time for a bit of ice-skating...

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Hello innocentashish420,

Using 'would' is not correct in the sentence you ask about in your last comment. It's also incorrect in sentence 2 ('If Tom wins the car race ...'). 'would' is not used in first conditional sentences, it is used in second conditional sentences – see our Conditionals pages for a complete explanation of this.

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Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

If all goes as per plan, the Alfred high school in Washington, where Abraham Lincoln studied for seven years, would house a world class museum depicting his life, in coming years.
is this sentence grammatically correct?
should not we use went in place of goes....plzz explain

Hello innocentashish420,

The sentence is rather odd, mixing 'goes' for future meaning with 'would' to make an unusual first conditional form. However, without knowing the full context it is hard to say more than that.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello teacher, i have difficulty differentiating between '' be going to do'' and '' be v-ing '' even though i know that '' Be v-ing'' is sometimes used to express the plan.
Thank you very much indeed.

Hello,

"I thought we were going Christmas shopping.not ice skating." Here why they used past form to say it.I mean can't we say it in present form.
"I thought we are going Christmas shopping.not ice skating."
Could you explain this one and tell me a grammar lesson to study here about it.

Thank you.

Hello naaka,

The past form is used here because they are talking about the plan, not the current activity. You can paraphrase it as 'I thought that the idea was/the plan was/the intention was to go...'

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,

'We were going shopping.' In this sentence we don't use 'to' after 'going.' But in some times we use 'to'. As an example 'we were going to church.' Could you explain this for me.

Thank you.

Hello naaka,

Certain activities collocate with the verb 'go', such as 'go swimming', 'go shopping', 'go swimming', 'go cycling', 'go dancing' etc. Your first sentence is an example of this with the verb in the past continuous form ('were going').

Your second sentence is an example of 'go' as a verb meaning to move, plus the preposition 'to':

We were going to church.

We were going to the shop.

We were going to the park.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

This video is so fun and great. Thanks a lot for sharing. Wish you Merry Christmas

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