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    present tense vs present continuous

    I plan to play tennis this afternoon

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    Re: present tense vs present continuous

    But 'Don't come round this afternoon. I'll be playing tennis.'
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    'I'm not sure I can come round on Monday. Let me check my diary. I think I'm playing tennis'.

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    But 'I can never make a meeting on a Monday. I always play tennis then.'

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    Re: present tense vs present continuous

    "I plan to play tennis this afternoon."

    The main verb in this sentence is plan, and it is in the simple present. The present continuous would be: "I am planning to play tennis this afternoon." To my ear, the present continuous expresses a slight degree of uncertainty.

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