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I would like to know which sentence is more formal in "he will be come around 1pm on tomorrow afternoon" and "he will come around 1pm on tomorrow afternoon"

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  • teacher, i would like to know which is more formal.
    – user87037
    Dec 23, 2018 at 6:53
  • To use 'be' with come or gone is archaic, more so with 'come'. Dec 23, 2018 at 9:15

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If you use a 'be' verb, the verb you're pairing with it has to change into the -ing form. So your two options should be:

  • "He will come around 1pm tomorrow"
  • "He will be coming around 1pm tomorrow"

I don't think either one is more formal than the other; rather, they say slightly different things.

"He will come" is the future tense. "He will be coming" is the future-progressive (or future-continuous) tense. They're very similar, and most people will understand you perfectly whichever one you use, but if you're being very formal, the first is for events that will happen at a specific point in time, while the second is for events that will start at some point in the future and continue for an expected duration.

Since going to a place is an ongoing action, it should be described using the progressive form. If you want to use the future tense, you should use a verb that describes a specific moment in time. In this case, "He will arrive around 1pm tomorrow" would be more correct than "he will come". So I guess by that measure, the second option is 'more formal'.

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  • In the same way you could say, "He will be arriving around 1pm tomorrow". I agree there's not much difference in formality there. If you really want to make it formal, you would do something like adding an honorific, "The gentleman will arrive around 1pm tomorrow," or various other methods.
    – Andrew
    Dec 23, 2018 at 8:04

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