Everything I explain today in this lesson, will be relevant

Fbohn21

Senior Member
Deutsch
Hello.


I am wondering about this scenario.

Everything I explain to you today in this lesson, will be relevant.


Can I use “explain” like this? Or does it have to be “everything I am explaining to you today”

I can I use the simple form with today if I am referring to a completed action as in:

Everyone who drinks 2 beers today gets 50% off.

Everyone who comes in late today, will be punished.

Everywhere I sit today people pass by and don’t say hi.

Everything I study today doesn’t stick.

Is it okay to use the present simple like this?
 
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    Can I use “explain” like this? Or does it have to be “everything I am explaining to you today”
    "Explain" is fine.

    I can I use the simple form with today if I am referring to a completed action as in:

    Everyone who drinks 2 beers today gets 50% off.

    Everyone who comes in late today, will be punished.

    Everywhere I sit today people pass by and don’t say hi.

    Everything I study today doesn’t stick.

    Is it okay to use the present simple like this?
    They are all okay, but the there is no time associated with these; in the first two, you could be referring to something that has not yet happened; the last two necessarily refer to things that have happened, but may also be expected to apply to the future as well. It is the context that provides the time indication, not the simple present tense.
     

    Fbohn21

    Senior Member
    Deutsch
    I was just wondering whether the present progressive would need to be used. Since I am referring to today.
     

    Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    I was just wondering whether the present progressive would need to be used. Since I am referring to today.
    No. The present progressive is used more for planned actions in the future. When used for things in the present, it they need to be taking place right now, which appears not to be the case in any of your four examples, although it would be fine for the first sentence.
     

    ain'ttranslationfun?

    Senior Member
    US English
    [QUOTE="Fbohn21, post: 18241391, member: 83617

    Everything I explain to you today in this lesson, will be relevant.

    Everyone who comes in late today, will be punished.

    [/QUOTE]

    I wouldn't use the commas in these sentences.
     
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