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Mouna mch

I need your help, please!
when we say " the train arrives at 7:30"... is it present simple refereing to a future event or?!!
thanks in advance..

17 Feb 2010      


yes, you can use the present simple or the present in BE +-ing to talk about the future, if this future is totally certain and planned (timetables...)

at the train station, the ticket clerk selling you your train tickets will say "the train arrives at 7.30 pm in London"
however if you īre on the phone talking about the time your train arrives, you will more likely say "my train is arriving at 7.30pm" because your "point of view" is not the timetable of the train but the fact you īre talking about the globality of your journey "i īm leaving... i īm arriving...".

it īs kind of difficult to explain in English but have a look in a grammar book, you might find a clearer explanation!!


17 Feb 2010     


yes, it is neutral information which can īt depend on anybody īs will or comments.

Hope it helps

17 Feb 2010     


It īs stating a "fact" - therefore PRESENT SIMPLE.

17 Feb 2010     


"We use the present simple when we talk about future events that are part of some OFFICIAL ARRANGEMENT such as a timetable or programme:
Their plane arrives at 2 o īclock in the morning.
The next meeting of the committee is on November 5th.
We get off the train in Bristol and continue by bus.
I īm away on holiday next week. Can we meet the week after?"
Advanced Grammar in Use, CUP
Hope it helpsSmile

17 Feb 2010     

Adel A

how are you Mounaكيف الحال of course it is right because it refers to the oppointment of the train which may happen every day

17 Feb 2010     


Stepha is right. In your example the Present Simple is used for TIMETABLES as something which occurs regularly in the present.

17 Feb 2010