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    Arranged future activities

    Quote Originally Posted by vivemafille View Post
    #3 Which reaction is the most likely?

    Don't drop by after 8.

    A/ I am watching the football match.
    B/ I will be watching the football match.
    C/ I will watch the football match.
    D/ I am going to watch the football match.



    Responses:
    A: no
    B: OK
    C: OK
    D: OK

    Best: B, because you will be busy watching the football match at that time.
    So is the meaning of the options:

    A/ I am watching the football match. Arranged near future activity (always used with a time adverbial- Here not correct as watching TV doesnt need any arrangement
    B/ I will be watching the football match. activity in the middle of progress in a future time
    C/ I will watch the football match. How about here? Would it mean sth like I want to watch the football match(volition?)
    D/ I am going to watch the football match. A planned future action

    Is my understanding flawless now?

    And a goodbye question:

    Can we use the future continuous for arranged future actions as we can the present continous?

    Eg: Im talking to him tomorrow. Ill be talking to him tomorrow. Do they mean the same? Are they correct? Who killed JFK? And many other questions in the future from me...

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    Re: Arranged future activities

    #3 Which reaction is the most likely?

    Don't drop by after 8.

    A/ I am watching the football match.


    Iam watching the football match now.
    Present progressive/continuous.Not future.
    B/ I will be watching the football match.

    Future progressive--For things that are already decided:certain.


    C/ I will watch the football match.

    Future tense.Strong intention but not decided.

    D/ I am going to watch the football match.

    present progressive indicating future.Already decided.Certain.

    Responses:
    A: no
    B: OK
    C: OK
    D: OK

    Best: B, because you will be busy watching the football match at that time.


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    rj1948.

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