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    We go to the cinema tomorrow.

    Hello! Is it possible to use Present Simple in this sentence:
    We go to the cinema tomorrow. (for example, if this sentence is used in a formal situation?)

    I know that we use Present Continuous when we talk about plans and arrangements that have already been made (We are going to the cinema tomorrow.) But what about present simple? It seems to me that Present Simple can also be used in this case especially if the situation is formal and you speak to people that are not your friends. Or Present Simple is only used for future when we talk about timetables and schedules.
    I'm so confused... Could you explain it to me please?

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    Re: Present Simple for future

    Quote Originally Posted by svetta View Post
    We go to the cinema tomorrow.
    I think it is possible because 'the present simple tense is used to refer to a future event that is planned and is not likely to change' ── quoted from http://www.grammaring.com/present-si...nd-itineraries
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    Re: Present Simple for future

    It's not particularly formal.

    As Matthew said, your sentence is possible. However, the present continuous is more likely here. We'd use the present simple normally for a cinema only if we wanted to stress that the activity had been clearly scheduled:

    What are the plans for the rest of the weekend?
    Well, we have the Simpsons' barbecue this evening, and we go to the cinema tomorrow.

    Even in that short dialogue. I think I'd probably say 'we are going'. The present simple is more likely in this, in which 'next week' is the last week of a couple's holiday:

    I just want to check that we're agreed on next week.
    We go to the cinema tomorrow, the theatre on Tuesday, the opera on Wednesday and the ballet on Thursday. Is that right?

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    Re: We go to the cinema tomorrow.

    svetta, please note that I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: We go to the cinema tomorrow.

    Please note that the names of tenses are not proper nouns. Therefore, you should write present simple, present continuous, etc.
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    Re: We go to the cinema tomorrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    present simple, present continuous, etc.
    I would add 'the' before them.
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    Re: We go to the cinema tomorrow.

    I probably would, too, but it's not essential these days.

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    #8

    Re: We go to the cinema tomorrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by svetta View Post
    Present Simple can also be used in this case especially if the situation is formal
    Think about it as fixed rather than formal. However, I don't see this as so fixed that it requires the present simple.

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