2006A: How old is your baby?
B: Baby? Are you kidding? she will be starting school soon. Besides, she will be meeting many friends and beginning her new life.
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Many English grammar books say "will be ~ing" as a 'future progressive'. For example,
I will be watching TV when 8 pm. Say "...at 8 pm.
The above sentence is pretty clear. At 8 pm, the speaker will be middle of watching TV.
However, I have no idea why red-colored things were used. Do they have a sort of progressive meaning? (I think NO) What is the difference when 'will start,' 'will meet' and 'will begin' are used instead of them.
Of course you can say 'will start', 'will meet' and '(will) begin', and the meanings will be the same unless you want to argue about progression versus no progression.
Some people may argue that "starting" and "beginning" can be progressive but I agree with you that they aren't really progressive actions. (Of course "meeting" can be more legitimately progressive.)
Progressive tense is just another way of expressing oneself, but if you agree that most of those verbs aren't really progressive and if you believe in simplicity (of tense) and using the fewest number of words to express yourself, you can say that using the present tense has more merit.
I've seen a lot of cases in which 'will be ~ing' form is used in not only spoken English, but also written English. I'd like to know what 'will be verb + ing' sounds like compared with 'will (the same verb)'.
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