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21 Mar 2019, 07:17
Difference between
She will be leaving shortly and
She is going to leave soon.

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21 Mar 2019, 09:37
In my opinion , There are no significant difference in this two sentence and both have the same meaning
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21 Mar 2019, 09:57
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TheGMATGuy1801 wrote:
Difference between
She will be leaving shortly and
She is going to leave soon.

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1. I believe when we say "Leaving shortly" , we mean leaving within minutes or hours. Not one or two days or week.

Train will be leaving shortly. It means train will be leaving within minutes or in an hour.

2. When we say "Going to leave soon", it means she may take one hour, one day, one week.

She will be resigning shortly. ( May be in an hour or in minutes or today itself).

She is going to resign soon. (May be in a day, or a week.)

Word "SOON" gives an impression of more time in hand than the word "SHORTLY" does.
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24 Mar 2019, 22:32
On GMAT, such minor differences in meaning will never be a deciding factor to eliminate answer choices. That said, I would personally not go with any of the sentences and rather choose simple future tense to denote future action. She will leave shortly.

Grammatically, both the sentences are correct but they unnecessarily use future continuous to denote a future action.
She will be leaving shortly.
She is going to leave soon.
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