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In this sentence "Look at the timetable. Hurry up! Flight 4026 takes off at 6:20." Can I replace "will take off" with "takes off"?

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  • Yes. Positively. – anongoodnurse May 17 '14 at 3:44
  • They do not mean the same. The Simple Present Tense (Present Indefinite) is used for something that happens regularly/ usually/ normally -- Flight 4026 (generally) takes off at 6:20 . On the other hand, the formal future tense *will*+verb indicates a (definite) possibility in the future. – Kris May 17 '14 at 6:36
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    @Kris Are you saying that it would be incorrect to say The plane takes off at 6:20 in the case where that route and timing had never been flown before and will never be flown again by that plane ? – Frank May 17 '14 at 6:42
  • @Frank English Language Learners – Kris May 17 '14 at 6:45
  • It could be a lot easier for you if you think of English tenses as a two-tense system (past and non-past), and will as just a modal verb (to express a possibility in the future). For what it's worth, I agree with njboot's answer below. – Damkerng T. May 17 '14 at 10:27
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Yes, you can. Both sentences are grammatically correct.

"Look at the timetable. Hurry up! Flight 4026 takes off at 6:20."

"Look at the timetable. Hurry up! Flight 4026 will take off at 6:20."

A third (and equally viable alternative):

"Look at the timetable. Hurry up! Flight 4026 is taking off at 6:20."

Pick whichever one sounds best, to you.

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