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    Cool future or Present continuous

    Hello!

    Instead of "I'll get some coffee" could we say "I'm getting some coffee"?

    Thanks a lot
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    Default Re: future or Present continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Instead of "I'll get some coffee" could we say "I'm getting some coffee"?

    Thanks a lot
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    Yes. We frequently use the present continuous to indicate the future:

    I'm going to a party [on Friday night].
    We're heading to America for a holiday [this summer].

    Remember, though, that of course the present continuous in your example could mean that you are actually currently in the process of making/buying/pouring a coffee. The timeframe or the context would make it clear which one you mean.

    However, if it's the reply to a question, one or the other might be appropriate:

    What are you doing?
    I'm getting some coffee.

    What are you going to do this afternoon?
    I'm going to get some coffee.

    What will you do later?
    I'll get some coffee.

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    Cool Re: future or Present continuous

    Thank you.

    So, if I'm actually going towards the kitchen, in order to get some coffee, I can say "I'm getting some coffee". Am I right?

    Cheers!
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    Default Re: future or Present continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Thank you.

    So, if I'm actually going towards the kitchen, in order to get some coffee, I can say "I'm getting some coffee". Am I right?

    Cheers!
    W

    Yes. If you're on your way to the kitchen and pass a colleague on the way, you might say "I'm getting [a] coffee. Do you want one?"

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