No, that doesn't work, Mimi. "I am sitting" is strictly present tense and means that you are currently sitting. It does not mean that you will be sitting in the future. One other way to indicate the future action is:Hi,
I know that the progressive present and “be going to + V” indicate the future intention.
Are they interchangeable in this case?
"I can’t go any further.
- I am going to sit on that bench for a while."
- I am sitting on that bench for a while."
You often hear people say "... is taking place" in this context but it's (technically) incorrect. It "will be taking place" or "is to take place" or "is going to take place".Thank you, Dimcl, nzfauna.
I would like to know the progressive present that indicates the near future so I will show you another example sentence:
"The firework display, part of the city's centenary celebration, is taking/ is going to take place on the 21st August in Cannon Park."
Could they be interchangeable?
Dimcl, do you have any argument to support your view that the use of the 'present' tense to refer to the future is in any sense 'incorrect'? I think the usual view is the one expressed here http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/grammar/archive/present_continuous01.html: We can also use the present continuous to speak about future arrangements: I'm meeting Sue for a drink after work; What are you doing next weekend? Or the one expressed here http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/grammar/archive/futures01.html The present continuous is usually used to speak about personal arrangements, when the time and/or place have already been decided. We're meeting Jim at the pub at 6 o'clock. The taxi's picking us up at 3 o'clock."The fireworks display is happening on 21 August".
This is quite commonly said but is incorrect.
I've tried this one all day without success.I don't dispute the amazing ability of the present continuous to refer to action in the future, but looking back to the original example, I think it would be really odd to say:
"I can’t go any further. I'm sitting on that bench for a while."
The problem is partly the tense, but mostly the combination of present continuous with the use of that in referring to the bench.
The incongruity of saying that I am sitting on something that is so evidently somewhere else is the problem. Change that to this and the sentence is grand.
"I can’t go any further. I'm sitting on this bench for a while."