Is arriving vs will arrive


Senior Member
french belgium

If someone says where can I find Marco ?

Marco is arriving this afternoon or will arrive this afternoon.
Are they both correct ?

Thank you

  • evilregis

    Senior Member
    English, Canada
    Both are correct. All of the following say the same thing:

    Marco is arriving this afternoon.
    Marco will arrive this afternoon.
    Marco will be arriving this afternoon.

    suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    In a real conversational exchange, if someone asked me where they could find Marco I would be more likely so say:

    "he won't be here until this afternoon"
    "Marco only works afternoons"
    "he said he'd be here this afternoon"

    all of which would depend on context but would sound a lot more idiomatic and conversational and less like a grammar text book than using the verb "to arrive"
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