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    future progressive and perfect

    Hi!
    I was wondering if you could help me with the following sentences.
    Are they similar in meaning? If yes, how?
    I would appreciate it if you explain further. Thanks in advance.

    • The space probe Cassini ill have started orbiting Saturn within the next three years.
    • Cassini will be orbiting Saturn three years from now. (What do we mean by three years from now exactly?)

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    Re: future progressive and perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by rosa87 View Post
    Hi!
    I was wondering if you could help me with the following sentences.
    Are they similar in meaning? If yes, how?
    I would appreciate it if you explain further. Thanks in advance.

    • The space probe Cassini ill have started orbiting Saturn within the next three years.
    • Cassini will be orbiting Saturn three years from now. (What do we mean by three years from now exactly?)
    The date today is 19 November 2010.

    Cassini will begin its orbit on or before 18 November 2010 - so it will have started before November 2010.

    If we are around on 19 November 2010, we will be able to say, "Cassini is orbiting Saturn." So, today, we can say, " Cassini will be orbiting Saturn..."

    Three years from now means approximately the same as in three years(' time).

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    Re: future progressive and perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    The date today is 19 November 2010.

    Cassini will begin its orbit on or before 18 November 2013 - so it will have started before November 2013.

    If we are around on 19 November 2013, we will be able to say, "Cassini is orbiting Saturn." So, today, we can say, " Cassini will be orbiting Saturn..."

    Three years from now means approximately the same as in three years(' time).
    R

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    Re: future progressive and perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
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    Thank you for spotting that slip - it made nonsense of everything I wrote.

    Sorry, Rosa.

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