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present - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
I have trouble understanding the following sentence, and I would like to ask why the author of the dictionary didn't put 'ing' after 'present' because of 'due to + Ving'? If the sentence written is right, could you please tell me the meaning of 'due to' in the sentence?
- Our manager is due to present the report at the end of the month.
If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.
We say that something is "due to happen" or someone is "due to do something" when the date/time has already been set or predetermined or is at least fairly certain. You can either look at it as "due + to + infinitive" or "due to + bare infinitive".
I have a meeting next Thursday = I am due to attend a meeting next Thursday.
She is expected to give birth on August 10th = She is due to give birth around August 10th.
The expected arrival time of my plane is 9.30am = My plane is due to arrive at 9.30am.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
And you only use -ing if there's a present continuous: 'He's due to be meeting the shareholders tomorrow' (which means much the same as 'he's due to meet...', but can be used to convey a sense of uncertainty: 'He's due to be meeting the shareholders some time tomorrow, but we haven't firmed up the details yet.