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Present Continuous or Future Simple

Unread postby PhilipPL » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:35 pm

Hello everyone!
I'm not completely sure which tense I should use in a particular example. The context is like this:
You are spending a week with your penfriend from England at your home in Poland (the important thing is that everything has been planned before - the trip equals 7 days). He/she has already spent 3 days with you at your home in your country, and on the fourth day you are writing a letter to some other friend in order to tell him/her a bit about the guest and so on. Now here's my problem; namely, the sentences:

He arrived 3 days ago. He will stay 3 more days at my home.

Do you think that the Future Simple in the second sentence is ok? Or perhaps because everything has been planned before the trip, I should change it into the Present Continuous, so:

He arrived 3 days ago. He is staying 3 more days at my home. (The duration of the trip has been planned before the trip itself and therefore I assume that talking about the future with the help of the Present Continuous may be or even is correct.

Please let me know what you think.

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Re: Present Continuous or Future Simple

Unread postby Syl » Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:21 pm

Hi!

I would rather be doubtful between using "going to" instead of "will". This because both are frequently used equally and are interchangeable, and yet there is a rule:

- we generally teach our students that "going to" is used to talk about a planned activity, while "will" indicates that the action is being decided at the moment of speaking.

Anyway, I prefer to use whatever SOUNDS better :-)

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Re: Present Continuous or Future Simple

Unread postby PhilipPL » Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:33 pm

Big thanks Syl!

Yeah perhaps I sometimes (actually too often) think too much about sth; as a result, the more I ponder on a particular question, the more complicated it becomes.

What sounds better in my example is "will" of course :-)


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