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    will be verb~ing vs will + verb

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    "For every dollar we spend directly in Iraq, we're going to pay another dollar for the indirect, but immediate, costs of the war," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, said. "We of the baby boom generation and our children and grandchildren will be paying for this war for a very long time to come."
    "We cannot afford this war -- $12 billion dollars a month?" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said. "We just can't. We can't continue." ...

    I've met so many times the cases of using "will be ~ing" like above example, "will be paying"

    would "will pay" has same meaning? What is the difference?

    Thanks.

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    Re: will be verb~ing vs will + verb

    He wanted to emphasize the ongoing nature of it, which would not be captured with a simple "will pay." If you use "will pay," it sounds like they will pay for it once, and it will be over, instead of paying and paying and paying for years.

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