I am reading a English book and in simple present tense section it is mentioned that simple present tense can be used to express planned events of near future, but in present continuous section same thing is mentioned for present continuous as well.

So, my question is whether both of below sentences are grammatically correct?

  • I leave for New York tomorrow
  • I am leaving to New York tomorrow


I did more research and it looks like planned near future actions can be expressed using simple present, simple future and present continuous. So, all below examples are correct:

  • PM leaves for US tomorrow
  • PM is leaving for US tomorrow
  • PM will leave for US tomorrow
  • PM will be leaving for US tomorrow

Could someone please confirm/correct my understanding.

P.S.: Actually I am preparing for an English Grammar exam so want to know technically correct/acceptable usage, and not colloquial usage.

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    leaving for just like the first sentence. Otherwise, in simple present the destination is more topical; with progressive the act of leaving. Both are grammatical when you change the preposition.
    – KarlG
    Commented Dec 2, 2018 at 20:45
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  • @KarlG Could you please explain in bit simple language, I really didn't get your point.
    – pjj
    Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 20:39
  • 1) leaving to New York is non-idiomatic; you leave for. If you say, I am leaving for New York tomorrow, the act of leaving is the slightly more important information. "Can you come to dinner?" Most people would answer, "No, I'm leaving for New York tomorrow.” The act of leaving (and so can't come to dinner) is the important information. "I leave for New York tomorrow" would more likely answer the question "When are you leaving." or "Where are going?"
    – KarlG
    Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 21:57
  • @KarlG Ok, thank you so much, understood. One just one question - is it grammatically correct to use simple future tense as well for planned near future actions (like saying "I will leave for NYC tomorrow"? Or is it that planned near future actions should only be expressed using either simple present or present continuous? Actually I am preparing for an English Grammar so want to know technically correct/acceptable usage, and not colloquial usage.
    – pjj
    Commented Dec 7, 2018 at 20:23

1 Answer 1


There may be three correct sentences: 1. 'l am going to leave for NY tomorrow' /an intention to do this/. 2.  'l am leaving for NY tomorrow' /an arrangement made, i.e., the flight is reserved/. 3. 'I leave for NY tomorrow' /a trip schedule/.

  • Ok, thank you for your reply. If you could also attach some reference or reading then it would be helpful for me as a grammatical proof
    – pjj
    Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 20:38

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