Hello,

How often is present simple used instead of future simple to refer to the nearest future? Is it common?
Eg., Do you visit them next week?
Will you visit them next week?

Thanks
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Hi,
How often is present simple used instead of future simple to refer to the nearest future? Is it common?
Eg., Do you visit them next week? This is not unusual if the speaker is asking about a plan that he/she is already aware of.
It's like 'I know you have made arrangements to visit them . Is it next week?'

Will you visit them next week? The commonest form in a context where you are not already aware of a plan is to ask
'Are you going to visit them next week?'

Clive
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Nina_NiaHello,How often is present simple used instead of future simple to refer to the nearest future? Is it common?Eg., Do you visit them next week? Will you visit them next week?Thanks
Not really. You can use think to make it more common but otherwise the first question sounds very odd to me. Do you think that you will visit them next week? Will you visit them next week? Are you going to visit them next week? Are you visiting them next week?

They all have slightly different meanings though.

THE SPEAKER THINKS:

Do you think ....... - No plans have been made but the subject has been discussed as the listener may not/may go.
Will - No definate arrangements have been made and the listener hasn't decided/thought about it yet.
Going to - That there is an intention/plan to go at this stage but no arrangements.
Present Cont (for future) - Arrangements have been made.
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So as far as I understood in a situation when the subject has been discussed only 'do you'... can be used. No will you, are you going to.., are you visiting..., etc.

Maybe the Do in the question is a hint that suggests the subject of somebody's conversation has already been discussed?
And if I ask 'Are you going... in such a situation it would seem odd because I am supposed to know about the plan already. It seemed confusing at first. Emotion: phew

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Please reply to me, Clive.
Hi,

So as far as I understood in a situation when the subject has been discussed only 'do you'... can be used. No will you, are you going to.., are you visiting..., etc. No, you misunderstand. In a situation like this, I said 'Do' is not unusual.
But other ways of speaking are also not unusual. Probably 'Are you going to ' is the most common.

Maybe the Do in the question is a hint that suggests the subject of somebody's conversation has already been discussed?
Yes

And if I ask 'Are you going... in such a situation it would seem odd because I am supposed to know about the plan already. It seemed confusing at first No, it woudn't seem odd at all.

Clive
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Thank you very much . I understand now Emotion: smile.
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