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    Can all Continuous Forms of Verbs be used as Future Tense

    I know be Ving has future meanings.
    I'm coming means I will come soon.
    I'm leaving means I'm going to leave.
    But I wonder if all the continuous have future meanings, or continuous form goes with specific verbs.
    Can I say I'm giving a speech if I'm going to give a speech? And generally how soon will the continuous happen?
    Is it okay to say I'm coming in three days?
    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Can all Continuous Forms of Verbs be used as Future Tense

    It's not about how soon. It's just used to indicate an arrangement for a future event.

    We're flying to Paris next year.
    She's meeting her boss in two minutes!

    Note also that this use does not work with state verbs.

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    Re: Can all Continuous Forms of Verbs be used as Future Tense

    If a verb has a continuous form and fits with the idea of a future arrangement, you can use it. It is not restricted to specific verbs, but certain verbs will be common because they are regularly used for future arrangements.

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