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    Future and present continous

    Could you figure out the differences in meaning between these:
    I'll work on this matter tomorrow
    I'll be working on this matter tomorrow

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    Re: Future and present continous

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Could you figure out the differences in meaning between these:
    I'll work on this matter tomorrow
    I'll be working on this matter tomorrow
    As far as I remember, this kind of question has been discussed before.


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    Re: Future and present continous

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Could you figure out the differences in meaning between these:
    I'll work on this matter tomorrow
    I'll be working on this matter tomorrow
    Both are future constructions. <will> is not THE English future, though it's often described as such. English does NOT have a future tense. It has instead, many ways to talk about the future: Present Continuous for the Future, want, need, be about to, be going to + verb, may, might, could, can, should, shall, would, have to, must, the present simple,

    Both could be used to describe the same situation but the first sounds a bit more formal, like it could be more strident, while the second is a bit more casual, friendlier sounding.

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    Re: Future and present continous

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Could you figure out the differences in meaning between these:
    I'll work on this matter tomorrow
    I'll be working on this matter tomorrow

    Additionally

    I`ll work on this matter tomorrow.- Simple Future Tense
    I`ll be working on this matter tomorrow. - Future Continuous Tense


    Future Continuous Tense -use :

    1. Actions which will be in progress at a definite time in future:
    e.g. What will you be doing at 8 o`clock tonight? I`ll be studying.
    This time tomorrow I`ll be taking my written exam in Spanish.

    2. Actions which will ocupy a certain period of time in future:
    e.g. Come between 11 a.m. and noon. I`ll be waiting for you.
    I don`t want to invite the Thompsons; I`m sure they`ll be drinking all night again.

    3. Future activities that are understood as a normal course of action, a consequence, or a mere fact[ future without intention]:
    e.g. I don`t have enough money to travel by bus. I suppose I`ll be hitchhiking.

    4. Polite way of asking about other people`s future activities:
    e.g. Will you be fishing this weekend?
    Will you be calling Fred up soon?

    Does it help?
    Last edited by Teia; 04-Sep-2007 at 21:43.

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    Re: Future and present continous

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Both are future constructions. <will> is not THE English future, though it's often described as such. English does NOT have a future tense. It has instead, many ways to talk about the future: Present Continuous for the Future, want, need, be about to, be going to + verb, may, might, could, can, should, shall, would, have to, must, the present simple,

    Both could be used to describe the same situation but the first sounds a bit more formal, like it could be more strident, while the second is a bit more casual, friendlier sounding.
    Hi Riverkid
    Would you be so kind and explain why will is not the English future though it's often described as such? Are shall and will considered only modal verbs and not marks for the English future tense?

    I agree that there are many ways to talk about the future, but I was taught that the most important morpheme or word used to form the English future tense is will; I refer to the Future Simple Tense. There are some differences between various forms of expressing future in English:
    e.g. I am going to leave on Sunday. - speaker`s intention
    I will leave on Sunday - speaker`s determination
    I`ll be taking my English exam at this time on Monday.- the speaker refers to an action which will be in progress at a definite time in future.

    Furthermore, I know that shall can also be used as a mark for emphasis [ e.g. :We shall do it], although it is not so commonly used.

    Thank you very much in advance.


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    Re: Future and present continous

    So that's mean:

    I'll work on this tomorrow means : I will, but if something comes up, I perhaps won't?

    I will be working on this tomorrow means: I have planned something to do to day, and I also have plan to do this tomorrow?

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    Re: Future and present continous

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    So that's mean:

    I'll work on this tomorrow means : I will, but if something comes up, I perhaps won't?

    I will be working on this tomorrow means: I have planned something to do to day, and I also have plan to do this tomorrow?
    Hi

    I'll work on this tomorrow
    means I am determined to work on this tomorrow.

    I will be working on this tomorrow means that the action of working will be in progress tomorrow.
    Explanation ; Now it`s 4 o`clock p.m. and I say : At this time tomorrow I`ll be working on this - it means that I`ll be working at 4 o`clock p.m. tomorrow.- yes, I have planned an activity for the next day or my boss asked me to do smth. and I know that it will take me some time to do it.- the activity will be in progress at the time I have already specified : 4 o`clock.

    Here are some good links:
    ENGLISH PAGE - Future Continuous

    English Grammar: Future Continuous Tense (EnglishClub.com)

    Learn English - English Grammar - The Future Continuous Tense

    All the best.
    Last edited by Teia; 05-Sep-2007 at 20:04.


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    Re: Future and present continous

    So, how about: I'm working on this tomorrow?

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    Re: Future and present continous

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    So, how about: I'm working on this tomorrow?
    I`m working on this tomorrow : it refers to a future scheduled activity.

    At this time tomorrow, I`ll be working on this : The future progressive is used to say that we will be in the middle of doing something at a certain time in the future. In other words, it expresses an action that will be in progress at a time in the future.

    E.g.: When you come, I`ll be working on this.
    At this time tomorrow, I`ll be working on this.- it expresses an assumption regarding a future action, rather than a planned activity.
    This time next month we'll be sailing through the Caribbean Islands.
    Last edited by Teia; 06-Sep-2007 at 13:00.


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    Re: Future and present continous

    So how it is different between:
    I'm working on this tomorrow
    and
    I work on this tomorrow
    ?

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