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Hi,

1. I will be playing tennis at this time tomorrow.
2. I am going to play tennis at this time tomorrow.

3. This time next week we shall be visiting museums.
4. This time next week we are going to visit museums.

I am aware that sentences 1 and 2 are OK, but I would like to ask sentences 2 and 4 are OK or not. If not, I would like to ask if we can use 'this time tomorrow, at this time next week,...etc with 'simple future tense' or not.

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I find all four sentences to be correct.
 

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Hi,

1. I will be playing tennis at this time tomorrow.
2. I am going to play tennis at this time tomorrow.

3. This time next week we shall be visiting museums.
4. This time next week we are going to visit museums.

I am aware that sentences 1 and 2 are OK, but I would like to ask if sentences 2 and 4 are OK or not. If not, I would like to ask if we can use 'this time tomorrow, at this time next week,...etc​' with 'simple future tense' or not.

Thanks.

Did you mean that 1 and 3 are OK, but you're not sure about 2 & 4?
 

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I wanted to mean that 1 and 3 are OK, but I am not sure about 2 & 4.Sorry for the typo. :oops::oops:
 

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In that case, your uncertainty is about future continuous versus "am going + to + verb". That construction, even though a present tense, can be used for future plans that have already been made.
 

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... "am going + to + verb". That construction, even though a present tense, can be used for future plans that have already been made.
That's only one of the things it can be used for.

I find it more helpful to say that it is used for future situations for which there is present evidence.
 

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Notice the word "can" in my post.
 

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Hi,

1. I will be playing tennis at this time tomorrow.
2. I am going to play tennis at this time tomorrow.

3. This time next week we shall be visiting museums.
4. This time next week we are going to visit museums.

I am aware that sentences 1 and 2 are OK, but I would like to ask sentences 2 and 4 are OK or not. If not, I would like to ask if we can use 'this time tomorrow, at this time next week,...etc with 'simple future tense' or not.

Thanks.

Yes, but the meaning would be marginally different: #1 and 3 refer to actions that will already be in progress at the time in question (their starting time being unknown), whilst #2 and 4 would naturally be understood as referring to actions that are due to commence at the time in question.
 
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