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    Present Future and Present Future Continuous

    I'm confused about these two tenses (future and future continuous), what is the difference between them? For example: I will be waiting for him when his plane arrives tonight. (Future continuous)

    For the sentence above, why don't we just use "I will wait for him when his plane arrives tonight." (Future)

    Your reply will be very helpful for me, thank you..
    Last edited by Harum30; 10-Oct-2014 at 02:26. Reason: revising the sentences

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    Re: Present Future and Present Future Continuous

    Click here to read about tenses.

    I've never heard of 'present future' or 'present future continuous'. Where did you read about them?
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    Re: Present Future and Present Future Continuous

    Yes, Harum30, it can be rather confusing at first. Generally, doing tests or quizes develops a better understanding of how grammar works. You can try this one or google yourself for more. You might also find this grammar book quite helpful (p195 #220 to be more specific)

    ps. And, be warned! just to make it a bit more challenging, some teachers/grammarians prefer 'progressive' to 'continuous' meaning the same.
    Last edited by Esredux; 10-Oct-2014 at 16:01. Reason: fixing the links, added ps and a typo (argh!)

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    Re: Present Future and Present Future Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Harum30 View Post
    why don't we just use "I will wait for him when his plane arrives tonight."
    Would you just use 'waited' instead of 'was waiting' in the following?
    'I was waiting for him when his plane arrived.'

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Present Future and Present Future Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Click here to read about tenses.

    I've never heard of 'present future' or 'present future continuous'. Where did you read about them?
    I'm sorry, I mean future and future continuous. Thank you so much for your help.

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    Re: Present Future and Present Future Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Esgaleth View Post
    Yes, Harum30, it can be rather confusing at first. Generally, doing tests or quizes develops a better understanding of how grammar works. You can try this one or google yourself for more. You might also find this grammar book quite helpful (p195 #220 to be more speific)

    ps. And, be warned! just to make it a bit more challenging, some teachers/grammarians prefer 'progressive' to 'continuous' meaning the same.
    Thank you for the link, it's very helpful..
    I'm just confused how to explain it to my students, maybe I have to give them more examples and quiz just like what you suggested to me, thank you so much :)

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    Re: Present Future and Present Future Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Would you just use 'waited' instead of 'was waiting' in the following?
    'I was waiting for him when his plane arrived.'

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    If I use that sentence, it means the action happened in the past, right?

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    Re: Present Future and Present Future Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Harum30 View Post
    If I use that sentence, it means the action happened in the past, right?
    It is in the past tense, so it happened in the past.

    Quote Originally Posted by Harum30 View Post
    how to explain it to my students
    If you have students, you should be a teacher. If you are a teacher, why does your profile read 'Student or Learner'?

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Present Future and Present Future Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post


    If you have students, you should be a teacher. If you are a teacher, why does your profile read 'Student or Learner'?

    I am not a teacher.
    I'm still studying in English Education Department, but I have a part-time job as a private teacher so that's why I choose student or learner in my profile.

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