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    Default What's the difference?

    I've just asked what the specific difference is between these two sentences:

    1.We'll be interviewing four more prospects for the posts this afternoon.
    2.We'll interview four more prospects for the posts this afternoon.

    Can anyone help? :)

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    It's hard for me to see any difference between the two. The speaker's intentions are the same in both cases: he plans to interview four more prospects that afternoon.

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    The first sounds like a previously agreed plan that will now happen in the natural course of events.

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    Cheers guys. I tried to explain to this guy that they are essentially the same, but he wouldn't have it. He was trying to find differences that aren't there. ;)

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    Default Re: What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by shane
    I've just asked what the specific difference is between these two sentences:

    1.We'll be interviewing four more prospects for the posts this afternoon.
    2.We'll interview four more prospects for the posts this afternoon.

    Can anyone help? :)
    I've just asked what the specific difference is between these two sentences:

    Hi, Shane.

    Imagine these sentences in a conversation:
    1.A: What will you be doing this afternoon?
    B: We’ll be interviewing four more prospects for the posts.

    This construction expresses an arrangement & a complete action in the future. It is similar to the present continuous that could be used instead:

    A: What are you doing this afternoon?
    B: We’re interviewing four more prospects for the posts.


    2.‘We’ll interview four more prospects’ ….. sounds like a spontaneous decision:

    A: We haven’t finished interviewing the prospects for the posts. (What shall we do?)
    B: We’ll interview four more this afternoon, (and we'll continue tomorrow). :)

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