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    #1

    will you versus will you be

    Hello,

    I have seen many times that modal verbs are followed by "be" and it was always my question why you tend to use this form sometimes and what's the difference between this structure and the one that is not followed by modals.

    take the example below that I copied it when I was in a chat room. A voluble man was on the mic and a person wrote:

    will you be sharing this mic?
    The question is why the person didn't say "will you share this mic?"

    what's the difference between these two types of sentences?

    regards.

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    Re: will you versus will you be

    The voluble man was probably trying to sound polite because the progressive form "Will you be sharing" sounds more polite. The future continuous can refer to events that will happen in the natural course of events and in the question form it implies that the speaker has no intention of interfering with or changing the listener's plans. "will you share" would have sounded like an order.

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