Is there a difference in meaning and usage between the two sentences below?

(Both are happening in future)

A) I'm not coming in for work today.

B) I will not be coming in for work today.


I disagree with @user3169. I would never use B with my boss, I think it has a very privileged tone. Will is very direct and implies that it is what is going to happen no matter what. With my boss I would always go for a less commanding tone, like that of A, or something even more passive like:

I can't come in for work today.

Which implies that it's out of your control, instead of B which implies that you made the decision yourself.

  • Thank you. What if it's not asking for a day off and you're not supposed to come for work today. Is there any difference in using either? (Even as subtle as 'more popular' or more natural in this context) – user34244 Jun 18 '16 at 3:47
  • I mean you're just informing a co-worker that today you're not in. – user34244 Jun 18 '16 at 3:48
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    I'd probably choose A. Or perhaps B if you contracted the will not into won't. The word will is just very definitive and should be used carefully when talking to your boss / coworkers / etc. – Daniel Porteous Jun 18 '16 at 4:16

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