I need a piece of advise. Look at these two sentences below. I'm talking about a planned and scheduled event for the future regarding a third person (my director), and I'm unsure about the right tense to use.

My director flies to Milan on Saturday at 9.45 A.M.


My director is flying to Milan on Saturday at 9.45 A.M.

Personally, using my not native ear, I think that the second sentence fits better than the first one, despite the clear time table.

What's your take on this? And why?

  • The second sentence definitely sounds better. Though I would personally replace on with this to make it sound more specific and split the sentence into two: My director is flying to Milan this Saturday. The plane takes off at 9:45 AM. Nov 26, 2017 at 21:59
  • Precious advice!
    – GoldenAge
    Nov 26, 2017 at 22:51

1 Answer 1


Both are fine. "Is flying" is more colloquial, and would be appropriate in most contexts. "Flies" might be found in a formal report to management, or a schedule listing various things that are to happen.

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