is going to cook vs. is cooking
Do they mean the same thing?
Re: is going to cook vs. is cooking
It depends on the context.
She is cooking right now.
=> She is making food right now.
She is going to cook right now.
=> She is preparing to cook / She is just about to start cooking / She hasn't started cooking yet.
Mother is cooking breakfast for us tomorrow.
=> Future meaning: She is going to cook breakfast for us tomorrow.
Note again that, in expressing the future, be going to + base verb is often shortened to be + base verb + ing.
EX: She is going to cook tomorrow => She is cooking tomorrow.
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