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Marty1970

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Can anyone tell me the difference grammatically with the following 2 questions -

What time does it start?
What time is it starting?

Thanks alot!
 

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Can anyone tell me the difference grammatically with the following 2 questions -

What time does it start?
What time is it starting?

Thanks alot!

Both statements refer to the future. The first uses the simple present and the second, present continuous/progressive. Both forms can be used for future as long as the statement includes a time reference. Other examples: I leave tomorrow or I am leaving tomorrow.
 

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I am leaving tomorrow.
I shall leave tomorrow.
I am going to leave tomorrow.

Do I leave every tomorrow?:roll:

I don't think so.
In my opinion the present simple shouldn't be used in such cases.

It's ten o'clock.
When does the train leave?
The train leaves at 11 o'clock.

This usage could be OK for me.
 
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I am leaving tomorrow.
I shall leave tomorrow.
I am going to leave tomorrow.

Do I leave every tomorrow?:roll:

I don't think so.
In my opinion the present simple shouldn't be used in such cases.

It's ten o'clock.
When does the train leave?
The train leaves at 11 o'clock.

This usage could be OK for me.

As mentioned in my previous post, the present simple can be used for a future reference but one would never hear/see "every tomorrow".
 
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