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The short answer is that no, they do not mean the same thing. The first with an inflection of the progressive construction be playing is a simple statement of the evidentiary future, but the second with an inflection of will play is a statement of a future that the speaker insists must come to pass. Probabilities vs Demands When someone says: I will not ...


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This is reported speech, where we backshift tenses. Backshifting happens when a verb tense is shifted back to a past form in reported speech. What was said by John: "I am hungry." In reported speech, we see "John said that he was hungry." In your example "I told him I wasn’t playing soccer anymore", what was actually said was &...


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