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The receptionist, who was away last week

The receptionist returning to work today

The receptionist returns today.

The receptionist, who was away last week and returns to work.

which is correct and what type of sentence is it
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'Returns today, tomorrow, on Thursday, next week, next year, in the year 2033, etc...' , (meaning 'comes back'), is very common around here--much favored over 'will return'.

Really? Humm... Is it a present tense for a definitely scheduled future?

paco
If that is a category, Paco, you would be the one to know, I'm sure; but if it's not, you should invent it...or we should learn to talk correct English.
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I agree with Paco.

..... present tense for a definitely officially scheduled future
"MrP! What are you doing, hanging round on the ground floor?"

"Didn't you know? The receptionist returns today."

"What, the one with the – ?"

"Precisely."

"In that case, I think I'll join you."
Another example -- "The new Harry Potter book comes out tonight at midnight!"
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.....and another example:-

"The boss returns today. Have you ordered fresh flowers for his office?
I like 'a scheduled future'. Very useful way of putting it.

You also find this usage in news items:

"The Queen returns to Buckingham Palace today, after her holiday at Balmoral."

"MPs return to the House of Commons today, after the summer recess."

MrP
isn't it correct this one: the receptionist is returning today.

I've always known that the form "is doing something" is used for actions in the very next future . Am I wrong?

Thanks
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Hello Little Cloud

Yes, that's quite right – you would normally use the progressive form; 'she returns today' has a slightly formal (or mock-formal) air.

See you,

MrP
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