I expect you will be tired

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Peter_Gabriel

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Polish
Dear all,

Do all the sentences refer to the current situation or one to the present and the other to the future prediction. I am asking you because in my English -Polish dictionary the translation of these sentences was the same-it referred to the present

1) I expect you’re tired
2) You’ll be tired, I expect
 
  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    Yes, really, and I would not intonate them as questions either, because syntactically they don't conform to how questions are structured.

    Even the famous quote "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" doesn't really conform, and doesn't make sense as a question unless stuff has been elided, e.g. "You are Dr Livingstone. Do I presume correctly?". It makes much more sense to me as a simple statement "I presume that you are Dr L." with the implied afterthought "In the circumstances you could hardly be anyone else, could you?", and of course that tag question isn't really a question either.

    At least that's the way I interpret it.
     
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