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    He will come/is coming to see us

    Hi! could you please help me

    He will come/ is coming to see us this evening

    What tense does refer to arranging and being sure that a person actually comes? I always think that "is coming" is a 100% sureness and "will come" just a guess. But yesterday i was surprised when an interpreter said to me that it's wrong and "will come" means an arranged meeting.
    Please help me to get rid of this cognitive dissonance in my mind!

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    Re: He will come/is coming to see us

    "Will come" and "is coming" are both expressing 100% surety unless qualified in some way. For example, "I think he is coming". "She will come if she has time".

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    Re: He will come/is coming to see us

    No way of expressing the future provides in itself a guarantee of the event referred to happening. We (expression of futurity) die one day, for example, is a certainty because of the inevitability of death, not because of the way of expressing futurity used.

    You may be interested in this: https://www.usingenglish.com/article...n-english.html

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    #4

    Re: He will come/is coming to see us

    'The future is uncertain ... we can never be 100% certain about the future.'── quoted from https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-m_future.htm
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: He will come/is coming to see us

    Expresses surety.

    Nothing mentioned about guarantees, just someone being certain of a thing.

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    Re: He will come/is coming to see us

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    Expresses surety.

    Nothing mentioned about guarantees, just someone being certain of a thing.
    That is only the case if the person believes, wrongly, that the phrase expresses a 100% certainty - or he'd express it differently, such as "I'm 100% certain that he'll come tomorrow".
    In most cases, if a speaker says, "He's coming tomorrow", he both knows that this is not certain, as well as knowing that it doesn't mean that it is certain.

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    Re: He will come/is coming to see us

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That is only the case if the person believes, wrongly, that the phrase expresses a 100% certainty - or he'd express it differently, such as "I'm 100% certain that he'll come tomorrow".
    In most cases, if a speaker says, "He's coming tomorrow", he both knows that this is not certain, as well as knowing that it doesn't mean that it is certain.
    The speakers intent controls the choice of words; not the validity of their opinion.

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