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    Red face Future progressive

    1) I will be lying on the beach at 5 pm.

    Question: Is there only one possible meaning of the action starting before 5 pm?

    2) I will be lying on the beach in 5 hours.

    Question: What about this example? Will the action of lying start in 5 hours or does
    it mean that the action will start before and already be in progress in 5 hours?

    Greetings from Bavaria


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    Re: Future progressive

    It will be in progress by then. You don't know if it will start at 4:59 pm and so that by 5 pm it is in progress, or if it will start a minute from now.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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