future and present forms
what's wrong with this sentence
I can't come to you because I will have dinner with my family tonight.
You should use the future progressive tense. This indicates that the time you will be with your family will occur over a relatively long period of time. 'Come to you' is not a phrase that I've heard in this context. I would write this sentence in this way.
I can't see you tonight because I will be having dinner with my family.
|link comment||answered May 01 '13 at 23:05 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow|
As this is an adverb clause, i think that the clause needn't be written in the future tense.
I can't see you tonight because I am having dinner with my family.
Bring me my umbrella when you come to school tomorrow. (Not - when you will come to..)
|link comment||answered May 04 '13 at 05:05 Z. A. Jazley Contributor|
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