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I am going to make up two similar sentences below.

(1) Next week, I am free for four days.

(2) Next week, I will be free for four days.

A few of my neighbors are native English speakers. They think (2) is not idiomatic. I wonder why it isn't. "Next week" is temporal point in the future. Why can't I use "will be"?

  • Both of those sound fine to me. Perhaps you should ask them why they don’t think it’s idiomatic, and tell us what they say. – J.R. Jul 29 '17 at 8:36
  • On the reverse side, (2) sounds more reasonable to me than (1) because the time is given. – iBug Jul 29 '17 at 13:59
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Both sentences would commonly be used, but they have different nuances.

"Next week, I am free for four days" is essentially a reference to your calendar or schedule. At the present time ("am"), I have nothing scheduled for four days next week.

"Next week, I will be free for four days" refers directly to you. Next week (future), you "will" be free four days.

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