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    Present simple for future actions (not timetables)

    I would be very grateful to someone who would write for me a rule from his/her favourite grammar book about the use of the present simple for future actions beside its use for timetables. (So far I could find only "the rule for timetables", but I suspect there is something else.)
    I would appreciate extracts from textbooks (or links to some famouse grammar textbooks) and examples, of course.

    P.S. I only found "a regular schedule or something similar" in Michael Swan's Practical English Usage.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 11-Aug-2014 at 11:27.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Present simple for future actions (not timetables)

    'To express future time, after some conjunctions: after, when, before, as soon as, until'── quoted from

    The following example should have nothing to do with timetables because no one knows the exact time.
    'Christians have long been waiting for when Jesus returns.'

    Not a teacher.

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