January 1st is on Saturday next year or january will be on Saturday next year

I think present fits because it is something that can't be changed . So what is the better solution, is it only a point a view of the speaker

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    There is no "better" issue here. Both versions are fine, and mean exactly the same thing. But see this NGram showing how in recent decades there's been a strong trend towards simplification (just use Present Tense wherever you can get away with it). May 8, 2019 at 16:14
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    Yes, the present tense is often used for future events, especially those that are natural or regular. This is fairly basic grammar.
    – Andrew
    May 9, 2019 at 19:54

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January 1st is on Saturday next year is fine in this case, because what is implied is: January 1st is going to be on Saturday next year so not really present tense at all.

January the 1st will be on Saturday next year is fine too - note that in British English the is normal usage, as I have shown here.

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    Or to put it another way: English does not have a future tense. A number of different forms are used to express future meaning, one of which is the so-called present tense.
    – Colin Fine
    May 8, 2019 at 16:23
  • There can certainly be semantic differences relating to how we express "future" in a language that doesn't support it through morphological inflection. So our choice in, for example, Be careful! That animal bites / will bite / is going to bite is to a considerable extent governed by both the actual context and the exact meaning / nuance intended by the speaker. May 8, 2019 at 16:31

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