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    Vyazovskiy and Kenneth D. Harris, say nothing is more worth it; you may actually be helping your body.

    In the above sentence, is sentence " you may actually be helping your body " in future continuous tense?
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    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    Vyazovskiy and Kenneth D. Harris, say nothing is more worth it; you may actually be helping your body.

    In the above sentence, is sentence " you may actually be helping your body " in future continuous tense?
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    The comma after "Harris" is wrong, it makes the sentence difficult to understand.

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    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    Vyazovskiy and Kenneth D. Harris, say nothing is more worth it; you may actually be helping your body.

    In the above sentence, is sentence " you may actually be helping your body " in future continuous tense?
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    "may be helping" is present continuous. As you know, the present can be used with a future meaning sometimes, as in "If you don't go to work next week, you may actually be helping the company." As bhai says, there's not enough context in your sentence to tell whether there's a future meaning.
    But a proper future continuous would be something like, "[it may be that] you will actually be helping..."

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    Re: tense

    you may actually be helping your body.

    you will actually be helping your body.

    Does meaning of above sentences differ only in probability of action?

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    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    you may actually be helping your body.

    you will actually be helping your body.

    Does meaning of above sentences differ only in probability of action?
    No, the first is present tense, and the second is future. Context is necessary in determining the exact meaning.

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    Re: tense

    Please note that a better title would have been 'You may actually be helping your body'.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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