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I have been informed that Dr. Sinha visits London the following month.

I came across this sentence in a error correction exercise related to articles. Although there are no errors related to articles in it but is the tense of bold part correct ? Shouldn't it be Dr. Sinha will visit London the following month ? Or Dr. Sinha will be visiting London the following month ?

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Your sense that a future is valid here is correct, although the sentence could also refer to the past, since the following month can refer to any following month, future or past. If you want to refer to the month after the present month, it is next month (without article). Dr Sinha will visit London next month.

There are several choices for the future:

will visit

will be visiting

is to visit

There are several choices for the past:

visited

was visiting

was to visit

I hear you intend to visit London next spring.
-- Yes, that is true.
When do you arrive?
-- In April.
Do you intend to visit the British Library right away?
-- No, actually. I hope to visit it the following month, in May.

I heard you visited London last spring.
-- Yes, that is true.
When did you arrive?
-- In April.
Did you visit the British Library right away?
-- No, actually. I visited it the following month, in May.

P.S. And it is also possible to use simple present (e.g. visits) to refer to something which will happen in the future, especially when talking about an itinerary or a plan. Let's assume the speaker is speaking on June 1st:

We arrive in London on June 22nd. simple present referring to something on a schedule or calendar

Thus, if you are telling someone about Dr Sinha's travel schedule in the upcoming months, you could say:

Dr. Sinha visits London in late June, and the month after, he goes on to Paris. He will not return until August. You could make an appointment to see him during that month.

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