I arrived in a hotel and the receptionist asked me if I would take the breakfast tomorrow in this hotel. He said "Will you take the breakfast" and told me that I could give my answer once I had made myself comfortable in my room. I answered "ok" and ten minutes later after making my self comfortable I answered "I will take it " Could I have answered "I'm taking the breakfast tomorrow at the hotel".

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The present continuous tense can absolutely be used to talk about an action to be completed in the future! One of the applications of the present continuous tense is precisely this. Remember the other three tenses? (will + verb infinitive without "to"), (be + going to + verb infinitive without "to"), and the present simple tense. The present continuous tense can be used in cases where you have no doubt in your mind that you are going to do something. You have thought it out well and made plans for it. Unless there is an earthquake to reduce the hotel to rubbles, by golly, you will have breakfast tomorrow morning at the hotel! So, you could've said, "I just wanted to let you know that I am having breakfast here tomorrow morning!"

  • If someone is downvoting my post, please provide a reason.
    – Bahram
    Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 9:11
  • -1 This is a great exploration of your thoughts on the question, Bahram. However, I think there are better answers: First, to take (a meal) is common in some varieties of English. Though not common, I agree. But the OP didn't ask if it was common. Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 9:20
  • Second, in Standard English, we won't use the present continuous to respond to an offer in this situation. Examples of natural dialogue (when the answer is given after a delay): Q: Will you take breakfast here? A: I will take breakfast here. Q: Will you eat/have breakfast here at the hotel? A: I will eat/have breakfast here. It would be odd to include "at the hotel" in the answer. Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 9:20
  • Where in the answer did I include "at the hotel?"
    – Bahram
    Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 9:27
  • "The present continuous tense is used when you have no doubt in your mind that you are going to do something." 1. I'm thinking I won't defend my downvote further, just at the moment. (Example of present continuous when I have a doubt in my mind.) 2. I'll (I + will) answer the door. (When the speaker is certain, an example of certainty that does not use the present continuous. Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 9:34

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