Here, both sentences indicate a future event.

What is the difference between the two sentences?

  1. The meeting starts at 5 o'clock.

  2. The meeting will start at 5 o'clock.

Is the first sentence grammatically correct?


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Will is not compulsory for all future events.

The meeting starts at 5 O'clock

The meeting will start at 5 O' clock

Both are correct and may mean almost the same.

But if you sayI think the meeting will start at 5 O'clock is common.

*I think the meeting starts at 5 O' clock is less common

There are many ways of expresing future time without will or shall

I am going home tomorrow.( future time)

I am going to meet my friend tomorrow.(future time

My father retires next year ( future time)

I have to submit my report tomorrow( future time)

If you went to Mumbai, when would you come back?( future time)

These are some of the examples only.

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    Will is only used in certain circumstances, is almost always contracted (with a pronoun, if possible), and is never required for future reference. As noted, there is no future tense in English, only a set of auxiliaries and constructions used to refer to the future (many of which can also refer to other times). Oct 1, 2019 at 15:13
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    "I think the meeting starts at 5 O' clock" sounds fine to me.
    – Justin
    Oct 1, 2019 at 15:16
  • @Justin.I think is usually followed by will + verb 1 and it is going to happen but not simple present according to Raymond Murphy. Oct 1, 2019 at 15:26
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    "I think the meeting starts at 5 o'clock" is completely correct, and sounds better to my ears than "I think the meeting will start at 5 o'clock" (also correct however). Oct 1, 2019 at 20:54
  • According to Raymond Murphy I think I am sure I do not think + will verb 1 is natural but But I hope he comes soon more common than I hope he will come soon Oct 2, 2019 at 6:59

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