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    will have dinner / will be having dinner

    Dear teachers,

    Which of the following sentences is the best in grammar?
    Is there any difference in meaning between them?

    1.
    I will be having dinner with David on Firday.
    2
    I will have dinner with David on Firday.

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    Re: will have dinner / will be having dinner

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    I will be having dinner with David on Friday.
    This sentence could stand alone - it needs nothing before or after.

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    I will have dinner with David on Friday.
    This one needs something else, such as 'I will have dinner with David on Friday and with you on Saturday.'

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    Re: will have dinner / will be having dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
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    This one needs something else, such as 'I will have dinner with David on Friday and with you on Saturday.'

    Rover
    Thank you, Rover.
    For sentence 2,
    is it still correct if I change it this way:
    I will have dinner with David at 9 o'clock on day 2 of the journey.

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    Re: will have dinner / will be having dinner

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    Re: will have dinner / will be having dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes.
    Would it be correct to say that sentence #1 focuses on the duration of an action in the future, whereas sentence #2 might sound as the promise of a speaker?

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    Re: will have dinner / will be having dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would it be correct to say that sentence #1 focuses on the duration of an action in the future, whereas sentence #2 might sound as the promise of a speaker?
    It would be correct to say that these are possible interpretations.

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    #7

    Re: will have dinner / will be having dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Which of the following sentences is the best in grammar?
    Is there any difference in meaning between them?

    1.
    I will be having dinner with David on Friday.
    2
    I will have dinner with David on Firday.

    Thank you.

    Kitty
    As a simple statement of future: "I'm having dinner with David on Friday" is possibly best.

    A: Will you have dinner with me on Friday?
    B: Sorry, I'm having dinner with David on Friday.

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