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What is the difference grammatically and linguistically between:

At this time next week, I will be visiting my uncle.

At this time next week, I am visiting my uncle.

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From a listener's perspective, "At this time next week, I will be visiting my uncle' implies that you intend to visit him, but "At this time next week, I am visiting my uncle" carries a clear implication that you will, without fail and regardless of other circumstances, visit him. Use of this present tense in a future context is an expression of certainty.

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At this time next week, I will be visiting my uncle.

This sentence uses future continuous. We use it about a future event of unspecified duration.

At this time next week, I am visiting my uncle.

This sentence uses present continuous. We normally use it about something that we are in the middle of doing now. In this case, though, we are using it to describe a future plan.

To sum up: the meaning is approximately the same for both, but there is a small difference in emphasis: first is a future event and the second is a future plan.

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