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    If I were looking for a certain book and there was only one in the library and they would only let it read in the reading room,could I ask the librarian "Can you please hold it for me for the next couple of days I'll be coming to the library?" Is it OK to use the future progressive with "going to" as in ".........I'm going to be coming to the library?"?
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    Default Re: I'll be or gonna be coming

    "Is OK to use the future progressive with "going to" as in ".........I'm going to be coming to the library?"

    It's quite casual, and I've seen and heard this usage often. But, I'm not in favor of it and would advise you to use the simple future. "I'll be coming..." To me, that is more natural and sounds better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    "Is OK to use the future progressive with "going to" as in ".........I'm going to be coming to the library?"

    It's quite casual, and I've seen and heard this usage often. But, I'm not in favor of it and would advise you to use the simple future. "I'll be coming..." To me, that is more natural and sounds better.
    Sorry for leaving out "it" in "Is OK". I've already corrected it. What about the question to the librarian? Is it OK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Sorry for leaving out "it" in "Is OK". I've already corrected it. What about the question to the librarian? Is it OK?
    "Can you please hold it for me for the next couple of days I'll be coming to the library?"
    If you want to say that you need to study the book over the next two days, say "I need to study this book over the next two days, as it's the only copy, could you hold it for me?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Can you please hold it for me for the next couple of days I'll be coming to the library?"
    If you want to say that you need to study the book over the next two days, say "I need to study this book over the next two days, as it's the only copy, could you hold it for me?"
    Thanks. I'll remember it. Is my question awkward?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Thanks. I'll remember it. Is my question awkward?
    The meaning is not clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The meaning is not clear.
    I appreciate it.

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    Default Re: I'll be or gonna be coming

    What to me is incomprehensible, ostap, is why you used 'gonna' in the thread title. It has been made abundantly clear, in many threads, that this is not a form that we use in this forum.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    What to me is incomprehensible, ostap, is why you used 'gonna' in the thread title. It has been made abundantly clear, in many threads, that this is not a form that we use in this forum.
    No. It was the second question. The first one was about the question to the librarian.

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    Default Re: I'll be or gonna be coming

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    No. It was the second question. The first one was about the question to the librarian.

    The question remains - why did you use the word "gonna" in your title? Not only did it not appear anywhere in your question but, as 5jj said, it's a word which we have said over and over again is not acceptable on this forum.

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