Present simple and present continuous for future:
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Present simple and continuous for future exercises
Present simple and present continuous for future arrangements
Grammar rules with examples.
1. With time expressions referring to the future (tomorrow, next week) the present continuous is used for our future arrangements and personal plans.
I am leaving for Madrid on Saturday morning. (I have arranged my trip to Madrid.)
Sarah is going on holiday to Greece in July. (She has already booked her holiday.)
We are coming back from New York on 12 April. (We have made a flight reservation.)
2. With future time expressions the present simple is typically used in official schedules and timetables.
The new exhibiton in the gallery starts next month.
The train departs at 8.25.
It can also describe future arrangements which are scheduled by someone else.
I arrive on Monday and Betty arrives on Tuesday. (Our arrivals are planned by our boss.)
You have an appointment at the dentist's tomorrow afternoon. (Someone else arranged this appointment for me.)
Sometimes we can use the present simple or the present continuous with a little difference in meaning.
I am flying to India in February. (My personal arrangement.)
I fly to India in February. (Someone else has arranged this trip for me.)
The continuous is more informal. It is the most usual way of expressing our personal plans.