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We use the present continuous to say what you have already arranged to do. Do not use "will" to talk about what you have already arranged to do. (English Grammar in Use-Cambridge)
I was wondering if the following sentences both possible in written English.
1. The wedding will take place at St. Andrew's on August 30th.
2. The wedding is taking place at St. Andrew's on August 30th.
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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.
Your cited sentences about the time & place of a wedding, however, are essentially considered predictions rather than expressions of intention, and 'will' can indeed, especially in more formal contexts, serve to express predictions (while, conversationally, 'be going to V' is more common). In writing at least, #2 above would be rather unlikely.
Thanks all for your help.
In accordance to the book written by L.G. Alexander thirty years ago:
9.37.2 'Will' in formal style for scheduled events
Will is used in preference to be going to [> 9.44] when a formal style ,, is required, particularly in the written language:
The wedding will take place at St Andrew's on June 27th The reception will be at the Anchor Hotel
(Longman English Grammar-L.G. Alexander)
I was wondering if "will" is used in preference of "present continuous/going to" in modern WRITTEN ENGLISH.