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    the future progressive tense

    1. We shall be going to Dublin next week.
    2. We are going to Dublin next week.
    What's the difference in meaning between the above two sentences?

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    #2

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    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. We shall be going to Dublin next week.
    2. We are going to Dublin next week.
    What's the difference in meaning between the above two sentences?
    We are going suggests that some form of arrangement has been made.
    We shall be going may be what is sometimes called the 'casual future', expressing the idea that there is no certainty, volition, plan or anything else involved - it just so happens that this will be the case.

    See also this usingenglish.com article.

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    #3

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    What's the wider context?

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    Re: the future progressive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. We shall be going to Dublin next week.
    2. We are going to Dublin next week.
    What's the difference in meaning between the above two sentences?
    In AmE you would seldom/never, hear/read the use of "shall", except perhaps in questions. So, in #2, "going to Dublin" expresses a certainty, whereas "going to go to Dublin" expresses a plan, a slight and perhaps an unnoticeable difference.
    Last edited by billmcd; 16-May-2012 at 14:23. Reason: typo

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    Re: the future progressive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    In AmE you would seldom/never hear/read the use of "shall", except perhaps in questions. So, in #2, "going to Dublin" expresses a certainty, whereas "going to go to Dublin" expresses a plan.
    Would not the certainty be one possibility for 'will go' in AmE?

    Given that speakers of AmE do not use 'shall', like many speakers of BrE, is not the difference between the forms the same as in BrE?

    We will go - Certainty (or promise or expresion of willingness)
    We are going - Something that has been arranged (and so may well be considered to be certain)
    We are going to go - There is present evidence of this. That evidence may be an arrangement, a plan, or simply an intention.

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    Re: the future progressive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Would not the certainty be one possibility for 'will go' in AmE?

    ...
    That ambivalence underlies the common (combative) rejoinder 'Is that a threat or a promise?' Or the exchange 'Is that a threat?'/'No, it's a promise'.

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    Re: the future progressive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Would not the certainty be one possibility for 'will go' in AmE? Yes.

    Given that speakers of AmE do not use 'shall', like many speakers of BrE, is not the difference between the forms the same as in BrE? Yes.

    We will go - Certainty (or promise or expresion of willingness)
    We are going - Something that has been arranged (and so may well be considered to be certain)
    We are going to go - There is present evidence of this. That evidence may be an arrangement, a plan, or simply an intention. Good examples/definition. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What's the wider context?
    They are example sentences quoted from a grammar book published in Taiwan. No wider context.

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    #9

    Re: the future progressive tense

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    Would not the certainty be one possibility for 'will go' in AmE?
    1. Would the certainty not be one possibility for 'will go' in AmE?
    2. Wouldn't the certainty be one possibility for 'will go' in AmE?
    3. Would not the certainty be one possibility for 'will go' in AmE?
    I was taught that #3 is not acceptable. #1 and #2 are acceptable. Do you agree?

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    #10

    Re: the future progressive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. Would the certainty not be one possibility for 'will go' in AmE?
    2. Wouldn't the certainty be one possibility for 'will go' in AmE?
    3. Would not the certainty be one possibility for 'will go' in AmE?
    I was taught that #3 is not acceptable. #1 and #2 are acceptable. Do you agree?
    No, or I wouldn't have written it.

    It's fairly formal, and not too commonly seen/heard, but it's fine.

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