There are many ways of talking about the future. Context: I just want to let my friend know about this trip.
- We are visiting X city next week. (present continuous)
- We are going to visit X city next week. (be going to)
- We will be visiting X city next week. (future continuous)
- We will visit X city next week. (future simple)
All my grammar books, and event this reliable English site Future forms say something like this:
- We usually use the present continuous when the plan is an arrangement – already confirmed with at least one other person and we know the time and place.
- We use going to to talk about plans decided before the moment of speaking.
- I should use (1) if I already has arrangements such as buying flight tickets.
- I should use (2) if I already decided, but I haven't had any arrangements yet (such as buying tickets).
I wonder what the awareness of the listener is when hearing these sentences.
Do they have the feeling that I already had arrangements for this trip when hearing (1)?
Do they have the feeling that I haven't had any arrangements for this trips, I only planed for this trip when hearing (2)?
When should I use (3)? Does the listener have any idea of me having any arrangements for this trip or not?
I know that I shouldn't use (4) for this situation because this is not a decision made at the time of speaking.
I event asked about this question here Future tenses previous question , but a teacher answered that (1) (2) (3) have the same meaning. But I am not clear, so I wrote this new thread.
It seems that grammar books distinguish between the difference between (1) and (2), but natives treat (1) and (2) the same. Is that right?