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    What's the tense of these sentences?

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    Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English(OALD) defines "tense"
    as below:
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    tense : any of the forms of a verb that may be used to show the time of the action or state expressed by the verb (OALD)
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    If it is so, what are the tenses of the following sentences between "future" and "present progressive" on the basis of the above definition? I am confused when 'the time of the action or state expressed by the verb' is not in accord with 'the forms of a verb'.

    A : What are you doing tonight ?
    B : I'm meeting Jennifer at 7 o'clock.


    I am dying to know it.

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    Re: What's the tense of these sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by sariputra View Post
    Dear Sir/Ma'am
    Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English(OALD) defines "tense"
    as below:
    ************************************************** ****
    tense : any of the forms of a verb that may be used to show the time of the action or state expressed by the verb (OALD)
    ************************************************** ****
    If it is so, what are the tenses of the following sentences between "future" and "present progressive" on the basis of the above definition? I am confused when 'the time of the action or state expressed by the verb' is not in accord with 'the forms of a verb'.

    A : What are you doing tonight ?
    B : I'm meeting Jennifer at 7 o'clock.


    I am dying to know it.
    The present progressive is used in such sentences when the action is fixed beforehand.
    e.g. I'm flying to New York tomorrow. ( I have already bought the ticket and I'm sure I'll fly to New York tomorrow.)

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    Re: What's the tense of these sentences?

    Thank you,Mr. Harry Smith, for your clarifing answer. I wish you good health & prosperity in all of your businesses.

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    Re: What's the tense of these sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by sariputra View Post
    Thank you,Mr. Harry Smith, for your clarifing answer. I wish you good health & prosperity in all of your businesses.
    You are very vert welcome!

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