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    Difference in meaning between sentences

    1. I will come in August.

    2. I will be coming in August.

    Is there any difference between the two sentences?

    Thank you very much.

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    I think there is no difference between the two sentences

    my 2 cents!

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    Re: Difference in meaning between sentences

    There are some cases where only one works. If it's a promise or you're making the decision now, then 'wll' is the form. If you're talking about an event that is arranged and is outside you're control, the 'will be' works better.

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    Re: Difference in meaning between sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    1. I will come in August.

    2. I will be coming in August.

    Is there any difference between the two sentences?

    Thank you very much.
    When we use the future progressive tense as in your Sen. 2. above instead of the simple future, we refer to something (the trip) that is arranged or planned to begin (e.g. now) before a particular time in the future (August). Itís an action planned (trip) over a period of time (from now to August). This could also be as a result of a routine (trip taken every August) or an arrangement.

    We use the simple future progressive as in your Sen. 1. above to express an instant decision (unplanned trip), to make a prediction (about the eminent trip) thatís not based on past experience (never taken this trip before) or present event.

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    Thanks.


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    Re: Difference in meaning between sentences

    Hi,
    This was my reply to Jesse a couple of minutes ago:


    1. I will leave (future simple)
    a. future facts: The sun will rise at 6 tomorrow a.m.
    b. predictions or expectations: He'll be there on time; he's never late
    c. strong intentions: I will lose weight no matter what!
    d. instant decisions/reactions about the immediate future: The phone's ringing. I'll answer it.

    2. I will be leaving (future continuous)
    a. events/actions in progress at a specific time in the future: By 5 tonight, I'll be flying over Greenland
    b. predicted or expected trends: In 2050, most people will be driving hybrid cars

    Hope that helps
    Fiona

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    Thanks.

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