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    "will go" and "will be going"

    Hi there,

    I have watched a reality show in which the judge talked to a competitor that if he failed this round, he would be going back home. He said, 'You will be going back home if you fail this round.'
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    Why did the judge use 'future progressive' instead of 'simple future: will go back'? What is the difference between them?

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    re: "will go" and "will be going"

    Say he fails the round. What do you imagine you will then see? Exactly what will happen?

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    Re: "will go" and "will be going"

    If the judge had said "You will go back home" would that have been a statement or would it have been more of an order than a statement?


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    Re: "will go" and "will be going"

    Hi there,
    thanks
    So I am quite confused when using 'future simple' and 'future progressive'. Grammar books teach us when we refer to future action, we use 'future simple'. So when should we use 'future progressive'?
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    Re: "will go" and "will be going"

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    thanks
    So I am quite confused when using 'future simple' and 'future progressive'. Grammar books teach us when we refer to future action, we use 'future simple'. So when should we use 'future progressive'?
    You didn't answer any of the questions yet.

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    #6

    Re: "will go" and "will be going"

    Hi there,
    I don't think the judge ordered him to leave. He just explained the rule that if he failed...., he would be going back home.

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    Re: "will go" and "will be going"

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    I have watched a reality show in which the judge talked to a competitor that if he failed this round, he would be going back home. He said, 'You will be going back home if you fail this round.'
    Question:
    Why did the judge use 'future progressive' instead of 'simple future: will go back'? What is the difference between them?

    Thanks
    pete
    Future progressive indicates a matter-of-course action. I think what he meant to say was that according to the rules the person will have to go back home.

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    #8

    Re: "will go" and "will be going"

    'You will be going home' is polite.
    Regards,
    rj1948.

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    Re: "will go" and "will be going"

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    I don't think the judge ordered him to leave. He just explained the rule that if he failed...., he would be going back home.
    Exactly! If he had said "You will go back home" that would have been in the way of an order.


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    Re: "will go" and "will be going"

    Hi there,
    Thanks for answering my question. But I still don't understand why 'future progressive' here implies 'politeness' whereas 'simple future' means 'order'.
    Any other examples to explain further?

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    pete

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