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Will be -ing

Posted by peter   11 Nov 2013 5 46 pm

Hi Alex,

>> To start with, let me assume this situation:

A swimming pool has been opening to the public for free since January (assuming now is mid-October).

But for the sake of maintaining a healthy financial status, there is a rumor saying that the swimming pool is going to charge $20 per adult starting from November.

>> Assume it's in mid-October now, and a swimmer says

A.) "They are going to charge us..."
B.) "They will charge us..."
C.) "They will be charging us..."

As a prediction with evidence, we normally use (A),
As a prediction with less evidence, we normally use (B),

>> Question 1:

Under what circumstances should (C) be used? or not at all? or I misunderstood something?

>> Question 2:

If someone simply says the following sentence without using time expressions (e.g. next week, from then to then) and without knowing the context before and after, what could it probably imply?

"I will be studying at home"

? i intend to study at home?
? i will be studying at home a point in time in the future? or for a period?
? i most likely will be studying at home?

Sorry I'm confused again.. Any hints are also appreciated!



Posted by alex stringer   12 Nov 2013 12 20 pm

Hi Peter,

A good question with a useful example. If there are rumours, then A.) "They are going to charge us..."

Predictions rarely use 'will' alone. There is usually a verb or adverb:
I expect they'll charge us...
I doubt they'll charge us...
But this probably isn't appropriate here. You've said there is a rumour, so 'be+going to' is much better.

You could use future continuous if you were talking about an ongoing action in the future:
From November they'll be charging us...
This is not a prediction, and it's not the only way to to express this. You might say:
I've heard that from November they're going to charge us.


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