Tell me please why the presenter in this clip decided to use the future progressive instead of the future simple. It is at 1 minute and 56 seconds. Here is the exerpt:

If you don't like my cooking, I will not be inviting you to my dinner party.

How is this sentence different in meaning than the following one?

If you don't like my cooking, I will not invite you to my dinner party.

1 Answer 1


The denotation is the same, but the future progressive sounds more natural to me.

  • Could you exolpain why it sounds more natural to you? Mar 7, 2020 at 6:33
  • I'm not quite sure. Maybe because the simple tense sounds like a flat declaration, ending the conversation, while the progressive sounds more like banter, as if the speaker is negotiating. Mar 7, 2020 at 18:40

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