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    the future tense

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    Is there much of a difference among 2,3 and 4.

    1. We'll see each other ...
    2. We'll be seeing each other ...
    3. We're seeing each other ...
    4. We're going to see each other ...


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    Re: the future tense

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Is there much of a difference among 2,3 and 4.

    1. We'll see each other ...
    2. We'll be seeing each other ...
    3. We're seeing each other ...
    4. We're going to see each other ...

    1. We'll see each other next week. - This could be a spontaneous decision, a promise, or a certain prediction. The modal "will" is often used with "think, hope, suppose, guess, and imagine". It's often used with these adverbs: maybe, probably, likely, definitely, certainly.

    2. We'll be seeing each other next week. - Using the future progressive for a planned or arranged action or event is similar, or the same as using the progressive form (taught as present progressive) to speak of a planned or arranged action or event. The future progressive draws attention to the action or event as one that is ongoing over a temporary time frame - or a limited amount of time.

    3. We're seeing each other next week. - progressive - Use this when you are speaking of something that is planned or arranged.

    4. We're going to see each other next week. - Use "be going to" to speak of something that is planned and decided. Be going to may also express one's strong intentions in a given context. So sometimes it's correct to use the (present) progressive or be going to.


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    Re: the future tense

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Is there much of a difference among 2,3 and 4.

    1. We'll see each other ...
    2. We'll be seeing each other ...
    3. We're seeing each other ...
    4. We're going to see each other ...
    I think there are differences.

    1. We'll see each other ...
    I think this sounds like a vague remark regarding a specific future event, but not a specific plan to meet.
    - "We'll see each other at the Raynham's party."
    It implies that we are sure to bump into each other, but there's no special idea that a specific plan has been made.

    2. We'll be seeing each other ...
    This implies that sooner or later, at some unspecified time and place, the natural course of events will bring us together.
    - "We'll be seeing each other on campus next September."

    3. We're seeing each other ...
    This is a widely-used expression meaning "to date."
    - "Shawn and I? Oh, we're seeing each other. We've been seeing each other ever since I broke up with Monroe."
    This unambiguously states that Shawn and the speaker are boyfriend and girlfriend.

    4. We're going to see each other ...
    This sounds like an announcement by the speaker to a third party regarding a specific meeting that will happen at a pre-planned time and place.
    - "Henderson and I are aware of the problem. We're going to see each other at the Regional Sales Conference to hash out the boundaries of the overlapping routes," Fred told the VP.


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    Re: the future tense

    1. We'll see each other next week. - This could be a spontaneous decision, a promise, or a certain prediction. The modal "will" is often used with "think, hope, suppose, guess, and imagine". It's often used with these adverbs: maybe, probably, likely, definitely, certainly.

    2. We'll be seeing each other next week. - Using the future progressive for a planned or arranged action or event is similar, or the same as using the progressive form (taught as present progressive) to speak of a planned or arranged action or event. The future progressive draws attention to the action or event as one that is ongoing over a temporary time frame - or a limited amount of time.

    3. We're seeing each other next week. - progressive - Use this when you are speaking of something that is planned or arranged.

    4. We're going to see each other next week. - Use "be going to" to speak of something that is planned and decided. Be going to may also express one's strong intentions in a given context. So sometimes it's correct to use the (present) progressive or be going to.
    What's important to recognize here is that using "will" does not express a speaker's plan, something arranged, or something previously decided. Sentences two, three, and four can be used in this way.

    When we make announcements, then "will" may be used for something that has been planned or arranged.

    Charlie will be the new office manager starting October first. Jeff has taken a position in the Human Resources Department. Congratulations Charlie and best of luck to Jeff in HR.

    Jim will be heading up the new marketing plan for next quarter. - This is an announcement. However, if Jim says "I'll be heading up the new marketing plan for next quarter", we could say it's both an announcement and a declaration by Jim of what his plans are and what has been arranged by someone else or by him.

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