I wonder if it's correct to say:

We'll be having a great time.

at the end of this letter.

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Shouldn't it be:

We'll have a great time.

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    Am I the only person that can't view that link? Would it be possible to get the text edited into the question. Bare IP addresses leading to .swf files make me nervous.
    – ColleenV
    May 2, 2016 at 17:42
  • @ColleenV: Done.
    – Mori
    May 2, 2016 at 19:19

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Both are accepted and mean the same thing, the difference is where they are used. "We'll be having a great time would be used when trying to convince someone to come with me, for example:

"Come with us (or just me), it will be fun!"

On the contrary, "We'll have a great time" would be used once the recipient of the letter was involved, for example:

We are going to have a great time at the park tomorrow!

  • You make a good distinction between the two - would you be a little more explicit about the "you" who is or is not included though. It might be a little tough for someone less fluent in English to understand. 'You' means the recipient of the letter, right? I don't know why there was a DV - it's not mine just to be clear.
    – ColleenV
    May 2, 2016 at 17:48
  • @ColleenV Yes, you is the recipient of the letter. I, as a native English speaker, see both "We'll be having a great time" and "We'll have a great time" as meaning the same thing. When I mentioned the implication, I meant it was where it was more commonly used: I would use "be" if I was trying to convince someone to go with me, for example: "Come with us, it will be fun!" I would not use "be" once that person was involved, for example: "We are going to have a great time at the park tomorrow!" I will edit my answer to include this.
    – user33596
    May 2, 2016 at 17:53

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