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02 Jul 2013, 12:27
Can someone help me to understand which of the below mentioned sentence would be correct in GMAT.

The Governor will meet Ron tomorrow for lunch.
or
The Governor is meeting Ron tomorrow for lunch.

Is there any rule of thumb for the same.
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02 Jul 2013, 12:41
koolgmat wrote:
Can someone help me to understand which of the below mentioned sentence would be correct in GMAT.

The Governor will meet Ron tomorrow for lunch.
or
The Governor is meeting Ron tomorrow for lunch.

Is there any rule of thumb for the same.

From my understanding both are correct. You may use either depending on the meeting of your sentence. You may use sentence #1, if you want to predict that Governor will meet Ron tomorrow for lunch. Yet, you are not 100% sure that it will happen.

You will use second sentence, if you are sure that Governor is scheduled to meet Ron tomorrow. It is in his calendar fixed. So it is not just your plain guess.

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02 Jul 2013, 21:04
Hi Koolgmat,

Manhattan guide says -

In GMAT sentences, do not use the Present Progressive to indicate future actions. This usage is considered
too colloquial. Instead, use the Simple Future.

Wrong: Governor IS MEETING Ron for lunch tomorrow.
Right: Governor WILL MEET Ron for lunch tomorrow.
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05 Jul 2013, 13:01
swati007 wrote:
Hi Koolgmat,

Manhattan guide says -

In GMAT sentences, do not use the Present Progressive to indicate future actions. This usage is considered
too colloquial. Instead, use the Simple Future.

Wrong: Governor IS MEETING Ron for lunch tomorrow.
Right: Governor WILL MEET Ron for lunch tomorrow.

Try not to think of it strictly as RIGHT VS WRONG.

IF you had to choose on the GMAT between these two options, then you want to choose:

"The governor WILL MEET Ron for lunch tomorrow."

This is simply a variation of the "to do X" vs "doing X" that we covered in depth with various OG and GMATPrep examples here:
gmat-pill-presents-vs-which-to-choose-a-secret-idiomatic-152791.html#p1224932

The way we like to think of it here at GMAT Pill is what is PREFERRED by the GMAT folks.

IF we had to choose between those 2 options, then we choose the option above-----NOT because the other option is WRONG, but rather because the correct option is the PREFERRED option on the GMAT.

If you were NOT given both options to choose from but instead were given:

"The governor IS MEETING Ron for lunch tomorrow." - you should NOT think of this as WRONG. By itself, it's actually fine.

It's just that when you put it next to the other WILL MEET option --- the -ING form is NOT PREFERRED.

Again, for more examples, please reference the article here: gmat-pill-presents-vs-which-to-choose-a-secret-idiomatic-152791.html#p1224932
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