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    But Tom meets/is meeting David!

    Imagine there's going to be a business meeting (one day long) and, according to its program/schedule, Tom meets (or is meeting?) David at the station at 8.15 p.m. Then, according to the plan for the day, he takes (is taking?) Dave to the cafeteria where they join (are joining?) the other colleagues.

    A conversation takes place between Tom's colleagues:
    Phill: Let Tom accompany Jane and Steve to the cafeteria at 8.00.
    Emily: But Tom meets/is meeting David!

    So my question is what tense form should be used in bold in this situation (in three places - three times in my comment and once in the dialogue) - present simple or present continuous?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 14-Oct-2015 at 09:11.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: But Tom meets/is meeting David!

    It's not a matter of the form that should be used; both forms are acceptable in all of them. If you start with the continuous in the first scenario, then it's better to use it all the way through
    Last edited by Piscean; 14-Oct-2015 at 09:48. Reason: typo

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    Re: But Tom meets/is meeting David!

    As Piscean says ( is saying..) you need to be consistent; but if Emily said "but Tom meets David" the others would have to ask her to explain. What she means is "Tom can't do what you suggest because he already has an arrangement to do something else.... "
    The phrase with Meets doesn't work for that.

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