I have exercise to create sentences in Present Continuous but in one of them is. " The sales is starting on Monday". My question is about time used here, in my opinion this will happens only in future " On Monday" But the tense is Present so i'm little lost. What is different(in the meaning on structure) between this and Future Continuous like " The sales will be starting in Monday"
We can use present verb forms to indicate that something is planned, scheduled or timetabled to happen in the future.
The simple present is used to make statements about events at a time later than now, when the statements are based on present facts, and when these facts are something fixed like a time-table, schedule, calendar.
My plane leaves at 18.00 tomorrow.
The present continuous is used to talk about arrangements for events at a time later than now. There is a suggestion that more than one person is aware of the event, and that some preparation has already happened.
The sales are starting next Monday = The sales have been arranged and the stores have been or are being prepared.
The present continuous tense is often used with a future meaning. This tense form is used to talk about things that have already been decided or plans that have already been made.
Generally speaking, the present continuous tense is used to talk about our social or work plans. It is normally used with a future time reference.
What are you doing this weekend ? I am fixing the roof.
The future continuous tense is used to suggest that a future event will be in progress over a limited period of time in the future.
I will be spending one or two weeks in France.
Here the auxiliary ‘will’ indicates future whereas the continuous verb ‘be spending’ indicates continuity.
Use this tense form to suggest that an activity will be happening at a certain time in the future, and that this activity will last for a limited period of time.