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    what's the different between "when would you be arriving?" and "when will you arrive?"
    thanks for your attention in answering my question

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    Re: would

    Quote Originally Posted by nuharani View Post
    what's the different between "when would you be arriving?" and "when will you arrive?"
    thanks for your attention in answering my question
    I don't see the problem:

    actual arrival - 'when will you arrive/be arriving' [either works]

    possible arrival - 'I know you haven't made your mind up yet between driving and taking the train, but if you drove when would you arrive/be arriving?' [either works]
    [In informal speech the last one can become 'if you drive when will you arrive/be arriving']

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    Re: would

    Quote Originally Posted by nuharani View Post
    what's the different between "when would you be arriving?" and "when will you arrive?"
    thanks for your attention in answering my question

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) If I understand your question, you want to know the difference between "will"

    and "would." Am I right?

    (2) Well, here are a few ideas to share with you.

    (3) Paul Roberts in his Understanding English (1954) gives these two examples:

    (a) I will if I can.
    (b) I would if I could.

    Professor Roberts says that both "will" and "would" refer to the future, but "would"

    has "an added coloring of doubt and uncertainty."

    *****

    (4) Maybe (maybe) these terrible examples of mine might be helpful:

    TWO PEOPLE ARE TALKING ON THE TELEPHONE

    Mona: If I can get a ticket, I will be arriving in six hours.

    Tom: Do you think that you can get a ticket back home today?

    Mona: Yes. There are very few people here at the airport. I'm sure that I will

    get a ticket.

    Tom: Great! I shall stay home for the next six hours in order to wait for your call that

    you have landed. Then I'll drive to our airport in order to pick you up.

    Mona: Thanks, Tom.

    Tom: No problem. That's what brothers are for.

    *****

    Mona: If I could get a ticket, I would be arriving in six hours.

    Tom: Do you think that you will be able to get a ticket today?

    Mona: Not really! It is starting to snow badly. I hear that they are going to

    close the airport. No more flights until tomorrow, I think.

    Tom: Well, in that case, I guess that I shall leave home now and go do

    some shopping.

    Mona: Good idea! No use in wasting six good hours waiting for me. My chances

    of getting a flight out of here are 1 in 100.

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    Re: would

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ...
    possible arrival - 'I know you haven't made your mind up yet between driving and taking the train, but if you drove when would you arrive/be arriving?' [either works]
    [In informal speech the last one can become 'if you drive when will you arrive/be arriving']

    b
    Incidentally, when I said that (about informal) I wasn't suggesting there was anything wrong with the grammar - just that '<present>/will' is more common in that context (at least, that's the way it seems to me).

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