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hi everybody,
what is the function of present continuous in this following sentence:
tomorrow should be call kaye but this week kaye's taking a break and so we will have.
is the present continuous here, expresses future?
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here we use the present continuous to imply that a situation is or may be temporary
Present progressive is very commonly used to express future contexts, as well as the present.
Mary and I are taking a dance class next week.
I am taking two weeks off to Hawaii next month.
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lailalailaexpresses future?
Yes.

CJ
Hi teachers,

Please correct my sentence if my understanding is wrong.

I am reading this book "The Alchemist" this month. (meaning unfinished long action?)

Will it be ok to use present continuous?

MC
In both the lailalaila's sentence and yours, Mudclay, the present progressive indicates that the event is happening NOW, that is, in the first sentence it is currently 'this week' and in your sentence you are currently reading the book 'this month'. Although another interpretation is possible (present continuous for near future), only further context would make that clear, and it has nothing directly to do with temporariness or length of duration.
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mudclayI am reading this book "The Alchemist" this month. (meaning unfinished long action?)
No, that won't be the correct use in my opinion.
What are you doing?
I am reading a book. - This is a correct present progressive application.

I am reading this book xxxx next month. This is not.

I am going to Japan to visit my friend during the Easter break. This is the correct present progressive future.
Thanks MM!

Another one for present progressive (temporary event/action).

My brother is staying with me this month or maybe until he finds a new apartment.

My interpretation is. "My brother (will) stay in my apartment temporarily (the whole month) 'till he finds his." Is it natural to your ear?
Another one for present progressive (temporary event/action) -- 'Temporary', again, is not the point: it is happening right now (present) or in the near future.

My brother is staying with me this month or maybe until he finds a new apartment. My interpretation is. "My brother (will) stay in my apartment temporarily (the whole month) 'till he finds his." Is it natural to your ear?-- The sentence is natural but I naturally presume that he is with you NOW ('this month') without further context indicating near future (e.g. 'later this month').

I am reading this book xxxx next month. --This too is a perfectly good sentence if the activity is a definite plan. It is precisely the same use of present continuous as dimsum's next sentence, 'I'm going to Japan during the Easter break'.
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