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    I recently stumbled upon an internet test concerning English grammar. One of the questions had 4 different choises to select from. Two of those were:

    1) One of my friends is coming to meet us here.
    2) One of my friends will come and meet us here.

    Wouldn't the more correct sentence be:

    3) One of my friends is meeting us here.

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    4) One of my friends will meet us here.

    Which one of the four would be the most correct one, and would you even concider using either no. 1 or no. 2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbentsen77 View Post
    I recently stumbled upon an internet test concerning English grammar. One of the questions had 4 different choisces to select from. Two of those were:

    1) One of my friends is coming to meet us here.
    2) One of my friends will come and meet us here.

    Wouldn't the more correct sentence be:

    3) One of my friends is meeting us here. or

    4) One of my friends will meet us here.

    Which one of the four would be the most correct one, and would you even concsider using either no. 1 or no. 2?
    #3 and #4 are no better, or worse, than #1 and #2, though there is a slightly different meaning.

    I would happily use #1 and #2. To decide which I would use at any particular time, I would need to have more context.

    The trouble with many multiple choice tests of this nature is that it is often possible, given the lack of context, to select more than one of the given answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    #3 and #4 are no better, or worse, than #1 and #2, though there is a slightly different meaning.

    I would happily use #1 and #2. To decide which I would use at any particular time, I would need to have more context.

    The trouble with many multiple choice tests of this nature is that it is often possible, given the lack of context, to select more than one of the given answers.
    Hello Fivejedjon

    Thank you very much for your reply. would it be correct -then- to conclude that #1 expresses that "my friend is on his way" while #2 is more of a "prediction" / something in the future that is about to happen?

    Or how would you use the two sentences to express two different scenarios?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbentsen77 View Post
    Hello Fivejedjon

    Thank you very much for your reply. would it be correct -then- to conclude that #1 expresses that "my friend is on his way" while #2 is more of a "prediction" / something in the future that is about to happen?

    Or how would you use the two sentences to express two different scenarios?
    #1 suggests that it has been arranged for your friend to come.
    #2 is speculative. If you call your friend, it's likely that s/he will come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    #1 suggests that it has been arranged for your friend to come.
    #2 is speculative. If you call your friend, it's likely that s/he will come.
    Thank you for your reply!

    Have I understood your examples correctly, when I interpret the two sentences below as follows?:

    1) The rest of the staff is coming later (it is arranged for the staff to come later

    2) The rest of the staff will come later (I suspect that the the staff will come if I ask them to)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbentsen77 View Post
    Thank you for your reply!

    Have I understood your examples correctly, when I interpret the two sentences below as follows?:

    1) The rest of the staff is coming later (it is arranged for the staff to come later

    2) The rest of the staff will come later (I suspect that the the staff will come if I ask them to)
    It is always very difficult to say exactly what is 'meant' when we have only one sentence and no real context.

    Your interpretation of #1 is quite likely - so long as you accept that the staff themselves may have made the arrangement.

    The person who uttered #2 may be:

    expressing his/her certainty of the coming;
    saying that the staff are willing to come;
    issuing a directive;
    implying something else!

    Only the context can make it clear.

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