Dear teachers,

It is true that when we use a verb of position such as "stay / remain" with the present progressive it does not expresses a definite arrangement but rather an intention / plan WITHOUT a definite arrangement ? Example:

He is staying in London for a couple of days = he is going to stay in London...
i.e. he plans to do so but has not arranged it yet?

Thanks for the help,
To hela,

Supposing your friend (e.g. Sheila) has come to visit you and you were to say, "Sheila is staying with me for a couple of days". Does it mean that Sheila is only intending to stay with you for a couple of days but not definitely staying with you?
I take things like this way:

He stays in London now. I don't know how long the stay lasts.
He is staying in London now. But he will soon move.
He stays in London tomorrow. He is scheduled to do so with 100 % certainty.
He is staying in London tomorrow. The stay will be short, though.
He is going to stay in London tomorrow. His present intention is to stay in London tomorrow.
He will stay in London tomorrow. My guess is that he is to stay in London tomorrow.

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No. In my opinion it is not true. The progressive can express a definite intention.

He is staying in London.
He'll stay in London.
He'll be staying in London.
He's going to stay in London.
He's going to be staying in London.

All five express nearly the same thought (in the reading of a future event). The last two suggest planning more than the others, but none of them exclude the possibility of a plan.

Paco, hello!

Are you sure about 1) "he stays in London now" and 2) "he stays in London tomorrow"?
Somehow they sound weird to me...
1) I'd rather say "he lives in London", or "he's staying in London", or else "he often stays in London"
To me "stay" implies a short period of time, unlike "live", and I find it hard to use it in the simple present, unless accompanied with an adverb such as "often", "never", aso...

2) I'd say "he'll be staying in London..."

But you know, I may be wrong!
Hello Pieanne

I have learned we can use the simple present tense to talk about scheduled future events.
(EX) We leave tomorrow at 11:45am.
(EX) The press conference begins at 9:00 am and ends at 10:30.

As for the simple present 'stay', I think we can use it when we do not mention the stay's duration.
(EX) Now I stay with my uncle [at my uncle's house].

I found those sentences in my E-J dictionary, but I'm not sure about whether they sound natural to native speakers.

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When in the present simple, "stay" suggests a habitual aspect.

I used to stay with one of my cousins when I stayed in London; now I stay with my uncle.

In the sentence above, "now I stay with my uncle" does not mean "at this moment I am residing at my uncle's home", nor can it mean that when used in isolation.

There is just the slightest possibility that it can be used as a future, as in:

We leave on Monday; we arrive on Tuesday; we stay with my uncle Wednesday; we return Thursday.

"will be staying" seems more natural, but not to the exclusion of the structures seen above.