Wael Shaltoot posted:

We need to go. Our plane(leaves_is going to_will leaves_is leaving).              This sentence is in an outside book. It is controversial. 

Hi, Wael Shaltoot,

I assume you meant to type "will leave" rather than "will leaves." In either case, that answer does not work. Nor does "leaves" ("We need to go. Our plane leaves.") The other two answers are correct.  Also correct is "is about to leave":

  • We need to go. Our plane is about to leave.
  • We need to go. Our plane is going to leave.
  • We need to go. Our plane is leaving.
David, Moderator posted:
Wael Shaltoot posted:

We need to go. Our plane(leaves_is going to_will leaves_is leaving).              This sentence is in an outside book. It is controversial. 

Hi, Wael Shaltoot,

I assume you meant to type "will leave" rather than "will leaves." In either case, that answer does not work. Nor does "leaves" ("We need to go. Our plane leaves.") The other two answers are correct.  Also correct is "is about to leave":

  • We need to go. Our plane is about to leave.
  • We need to go. Our plane is going to leave.
  • We need to go. Our plane is leaving.

Sorry, I have updated the post. In addition, I have added, Soon. Does this change the matter? This what the outside book has written. Again, Sorry for the misprint. 

Wael Shaltoot posted:

Sorry, I have updated the post. In addition, I have added, Soon. Does this change the matter? This what the outside book has written. Again, Sorry for the misprint. 

Yes, it does change things. All of the answers are possible. That is, none of them is incorrect. Here is how I would rank them in order of naturalness:

most natural: "Our plane leaves soon."
second most natural: "Our plane is leaving soon."
somewhat natural: "Our plane is going to leave soon."
least natural: "Our plane will leave soon."

In the future, if you wish to change your examples, please do so in a separate post, especially if the original examples have already been responded to, as here. Because you changed the original post, my first reply now appears to be responding to something other than what you wrote. Do you see the problem?

Wael Shaltoot posted:

OK. Tkanks alot for your help. David,  how "Soon" makes a difference, with a little explanation.

Hello again, Wael,

Please pay attention to your spelling, and note that "a lot" is two words. Your question "How 'soon' makes a difference?" is ungrammatical. You need "do"-support: "How does 'soon' make a difference?"

"Soon" enables "leaves" and "will leave" to work. By themselves, those phrases don't indicate when the leaving will happen. "Our plane will leave" is hopelessly vague. "Our plane leaves" seems to refer absurdly to the plane's habits.

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