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I am learning about the different tenses that we can use to express the future and in my book it says that:
- present continuous to express arrangements made before the moment of speaking: ex. Are they installing the new computers next week?
- present simple for timetables, arrangements and fixed events (which the speaker cannot change): ex. the bus to the science museum leaves at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning.
My question is for he following sentence:
We ................................ a press conference about our new discovery on Tuesday.
Is it correct to put either "hold" or "are holding" because it is an arrangement.
Thank you for your help
Well, they say you can use simple present to talk about scheduled events in the near future: ENGLISH PAGE - Simple Present.
"Hold" does not work. The simple present can express future time when events are on a definite schedule or timetable. Only a few verbs are used in the simple present to express future time. The most common are arrive, leave, start, begin, end, finish, open, close, be.