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    the possibility of change

    "We are going to go on a picnic tomorrow and we are going to be grilling meat. Our friends will bring food and we will provide the drinks."

    I was told that I might use the future progressive tense to suggest the possibility of change???
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    Re: the possibility of change

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "We are going to go on a picnic tomorrow and we are going to be grilling meat. Our friends will bring food and we will provide the drinks."

    I was told that might use the future progressive tense to suggest the possibility of change???
    Who told you that?

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    Re: the possibility of change

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "We are going to go on a picnic tomorrow and we are going to be grilling meat. Our friends will bring food and we will provide the drinks."

    I was told that might use the future progressive tense to suggest the possibilyty of change???
    You might have to explain your question more. Do you mean, "Michael will be going dressed as a woman"?

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    Re: the possibility of change

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    You might have to explain your question more. Do you mean, "Michael will be going dressed as a woman"?
    Almost. Here's what I read

    "The future progressive allows for the possibility of change with regard to some future event:

    **We will go to Everglades National Park on our vacation (defenite plan)**



    **We will be going to Everglades National Park on our vacation.**
    (less definite in that it allows for a change in plans;i.e. "............unless we run out of time.)

    p.128 "The Grammar Book" by Marianne Celce-Murcia, Diane Larsen-Freeman and Howard Williams

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    Re: the possibility of change

    I cannot quote a grammar book, but I don't make that kind of differentiation when I speak.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: the possibility of change

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Almost. Here's what I read

    "The future progressive allows for the possibility of change with regard to some future event:

    **We will go to Everglades National Park on our vacation (defenite plan)**



    **We will be going to Everglades National Park on our vacation.**
    (less definite in that it allows for a change in plans;i.e. "............unless we run out of time.)

    p.128 "The Grammar Book" by Marianne Celce-Murcia, Diane Larsen-Freeman and Howard Williams
    There is no difference of meaning between the two in my opinion

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    Re: the possibility of change

    I agree with the others. You can add, "unless we run out of time" to any of those forms.

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