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    Cool Upcoming = Forthcoming?

    Hello amigos!

    The upcoming/forthcoming president will be better than the outgoing one.

    What´s the difference between them?

    Thanks,

    Sam

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    Re: Upcoming = Forthcoming?

    To describe a person as "forthcoming" in that sense* sounds a bit odd; it is usually applied to a period.

    'Upcoming' is a back-formation from 'coming up'. Not many Br English speakers use it - though this may well not be true of Am E speakers. In Br English, we usually describe a newly-elected presiden as incoming.

    *There is another sense of 'forthcoming' which applies (exclusively, I think - although I suppose some people might apply it anthropomorphically to animals too) to people. In this sense, it means 'willing to share their thoughts/not shy/open'.

    Interestingly, in the area of presidents taking/leaving office, the word 'retiring' also has a meaning almost exactly opposite to 'forthcoming'. Hence the old joke 'The retiring President didn't want his photograph taken' (copyright Clive Anderson 1975 - BBC - Radio 4 - Presenter - Clive Anderson - but knowing him [as a fellow writer/performer at the time] I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't original even then).

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    Re: Upcoming = Forthcoming?

    Quote Originally Posted by sambistapt View Post
    Hello amigos!

    The upcoming/forthcoming president will be better than the outgoing one.

    What´s the difference between them?

    Thanks,

    Sam
    As you are using "outgoing" in your sentence, I think that "incoming" would be the right word to use, you could, I suppose, use "upcoming" but it doesn't really mean the same thing.

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    Re: Upcoming = Forthcoming?



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    Re: Upcoming = Forthcoming?

    Sorry BobK, we posted at the same time.

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    Re: Upcoming = Forthcoming?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    To describe a person as "forthcoming" in that sense sounds a bit odd; it is usually applied to a period....
    ...or to something that takes place during a period: 'The thought was to keep coming back to him during the forthcoming celebrations.'

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