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    Present Continuous (near/far future)

    Hello

    Do we use the present continuous to talk about the near future , the far future or both?

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    I'm meeting Ben at the airport tomorrow. (near)

    We're travelling to Canada in 2018. (far)

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    Re: Present Continuous (near/far future)

    The present continuous tense is used for the near future, as in your first sentence.
    For the second sentence, I would say: We will travel to Canada in 2018.

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    Re: Present Continuous (near/far future)

    Thank you.
    I saw this page, but I just wanted to ascertain that.
    I also like to read more opinions on this topic.

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    Re: Present Continuous (near/far future)

    In reference to the future, the words near and far are highly relative. My advice is that you shouldn't think of the grammar in that way.

    We use present continuous when the event has been arranged. If you say We're travelling to Canada in 2018, I would assume that you have already made (or begun to have made) arrangements for your trip.

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    Re: Present Continuous (near/far future)

    I'd be far more likely to use "I'm travelling to Canada in 2018" or "I'll be travelling to Canada in 2018" than "I'll travel to Canada in 2018".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Present Continuous (near/far future)

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    In reference to the future, the words near and far are highly relative. My advice is that you shouldn't think of the grammar in that way.

    We use present continuous when the event has been arranged. If you say We're travelling to Canada in 2018, I would assume that you have already made (or begun to have made) arrangements for your trip.
    So, for you it doesn't matter whether it's near or far as long as we've made the arrangements, am I right?

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    Re: Present Continuous (near/far future)

    Quote Originally Posted by Eman Hassan View Post
    So, for you it doesn't matter whether it's near or far as long as we've made the arrangements, am I right?
    Yes, and not just for me.

    Of course, humans tend only to make arrangements within a certain timespan. This timespan rarely exceeds several years, so you could say that all arrangements are for the near future, depending on what you understand by near.

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    Re: Present Continuous (near/far future)

    One year is not a long time compared to one's life, so 2018 is in the near future.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I would say: We will travel to Canada in 2018.
    As a non-native like you, I would say the same as you.
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    Re: Present Continuous (near/far future)

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    For the second sentence, I would say: We will travel to Canada in 2018.
    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    As a non-native like you, I would say the same as you.
    The present continuous is much more likely.
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    Re: Present Continuous (near/far future)

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The present continuous is much more likely.
    Yes, if we are talking about an arrangement.

    I think it'd difficult to talk about 'more likely' ways of expressing a future situation unless we have full context. Even then, there is considerable overlap.

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