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    why present tense here?

    Victoria: Thank you. I don't know if I'm going to go.
    Ted: Mm-hmm. And if you do, what does that mean for us?
    Victoria: I don't know. I just... I don't think that long distance really works for anyone.
    Ted: Oh, God, no. Long-distance is a lie teenagers tell each other to get laid the summer before college.
    Victoria: So, that leaves us with...
    Ted: Either you stay here, or we break up. Wow. Um, look, let's just see how things progress, and if by September, we still feel...

    If I were Ted, I would say "let's just see how things will progress" or "let's just see how things is going to progress", because he is saying about things that is going to happen. Could you explain please?

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    Re: why present tense here?

    The situation is also happening in the present: they are having the argument right now. Besides, the verb "progress" indicates precisely that, "progression", so it implies the situation presented in the argument is likely to extend into the future (Ted mentions September, so they could be having the argument in, say, June).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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