Got this sentence in a multiple choice question exam

"I'm going to the airport in a minute. I _____ to Paris later this Morning"

A) will be flying
B) am flying
C) will fly
D) am going to fly

I am in two minds here. I know that it's either A or B but how can I know which one it is?

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    I have no idea what "MCQ" means, but I do know that the comma in that sentence is ungrammatical as it produces a "run-on" sentence. It needs something more, like a semicolon. (And I would use just fly in the gap, rather than any of the alternatives.) This may be indicative of the quality of the exam. – Andrew Leach Oct 13 '18 at 11:21
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    None of the choices strike me as ungrammatical, and as Andrew points out, you have other options that aren't even on the list. What is the wording of the question? It is unclear to me what it is trying to test you on. – RegDwigнt Oct 13 '18 at 11:28
  • @AndrewLeach My bad, it was a full stop instead of a comma. MCQ means multiple choice questions. – Dave Oct 13 '18 at 11:35
  • @RegDwigнt That's pretty much it; I am unaware of the context of the question, that's exactly how it was written on the test. It's a test on future tenses. – Dave Oct 13 '18 at 11:36
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    If this is the wording on the test, you just might be out of luck. As in, of course we can totally pick one, and back it up, too. But that is no guarantee that the actual answer will agree with us. This is like picking the odd one out between "cat", "dog", "bird", and "horse". You can pick any of these, and provide a bulletproof argument why you're correct, but the author of the riddle can still have picked a totally different one for a totally different reason, and your reason just doesn't matter, and you get a bad grade. – RegDwigнt Oct 13 '18 at 11:47

As far as I'm concerned the correct answer should be B, since you need some reason to use "will be flying". For example: At this time tomorrow I will be flying to Canada, so I won't be able to call you.

  • I would have picked (A), because now (present) I am going to the airport. Later (future), I will be flying. – michael.hor257k Oct 13 '18 at 11:42
  • Funnily enough, the model answer states that the correct answer is A; I am completely unaware why though. – Dave Oct 13 '18 at 11:43

I am inclined to think it is A because the question seems to be asking for a shift in tense. The phrase “am going” is in present tense, and the answer that they are looking for would be in the future tense. This narrows down your choices to A and C. Option A suggests that you will be taking the flight next, while C paints a rather vague picture of what will happen next; it is just saying that “l” will be flying off later on.

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