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    Will - will be verb+ing

    Hello,
    Is there a rule to remember when to use the will future and when the other future?
    (Future tense?)
    You will receive my letter soon.
    You will be receiving my letter soon.
    - sounds kinda wrong to me

    You will not need this.
    You willl not be needing this.

    The 2nd sentences sound as if the process would be longer.
    (I'm not sure how exactly to explain it...)

    Cheers!


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    Re: Will - will be verb+ing

    The future progressive is used (without a progressive meaning) to refer to future events which are fixed or decided, or which are expected in the normal course of events.

    If I take this letter to the post office today, you will be receiving it tomorrow (this is the normal course of events).

    The simple future tense is used in a more general sense (things will happen in the future).

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    Re: Will - will be verb+ing

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    Is there a rule to remember when to use the will future and when the other future?
    (Future tense?)
    You will receive my letter soon.
    You will be receiving my letter soon. - sounds kinda wrong to me It's not wrong.


    You will not need this.
    You willl not be needing this.

    The 2nd sentences sound as if the process would be longer. No, it won't be.
    You will not (need)(be needing) this when you do that little job.

    And the process of receiving the letter will not be longer.
    Cheers!
    I don't think there is any difference in meaning between the two tenses.
    The shorter sentences are more common.

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