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    Question present and future progressive

    Is there any difference in meaning between the two following sentences?
    Is there any preference in their use?
    1) We are arriving at the airport in 10 minutes.
    2) We'll be arriving at the airport in 10 minutes.

    One more question.
    Which one of the following sentences sounds the most natural?
    3) We will soon be arriving at the airport.
    4) We will be soon arriving at the airport.
    3) We will be arriving at the airport soon.

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: present and future progressive


    Both of these sentences denote the process of arriving. Colloquially, (1) is preferable. In semi-formal situations, you could say (2).

    For your other question, (3) is the most natural way to express the same idea.
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    Re: present and future progressive

    Thanks a million, asdf1234, for your reply.
    I must confess that I found and read the thread "future continuous" after I posted the original message.
    But all the same I found your answer very helpful.

    Would you say it is more likely to hear the future progressive form in the announcement on board a train or a plane?

    Thanks.

    Sora

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    Re: present and future progressive

    If you're aboard a train or an airplane, it is usually expected that an attendant/conductor will announce the arrival in a location using the future progressive form. For example, "We'll be arriving at the airport in 5 minutes."

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    Re: present and future progressive

    Thank you very much

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    Re: present and future progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by sora1999 View Post
    Is there any difference in meaning between the two following sentences?
    Is there any preference in their use?
    1) We are arriving at the airport in 10 minutes.
    2) We'll be arriving at the airport in 10 minutes.

    As a native English speaker, I find #2 more natural.

    One more question.
    Which one of the following sentences sounds the most natural?
    3) We will soon be arriving at the airport.
    4) We will be soon arriving at the airport.
    3) We will be arriving at the airport soon.
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    Re: present and future progressive

    Thank you very much, Rover, and sorry for the late reply.
    I appreciate your opinion very much.

    Sora

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