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    Default What does this sentence exactly mean?

    Hello,

    Does this sentence 'The streets are being repaired this month' mean the same as The streets are going to be repaired this month?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    Hello,

    Does this sentence 'The streets are being repaired this month' mean the same as The streets are going to be repaired this month?

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    In the first one the repair work may have already started. In the second it hasn't started yet.

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    Default Re: What does this sentence exactly mean?

    So it's the same as: 'The book is being read by me'-I have already started reading the book, but I may or may not be reading it at the moment. Do you agree?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    So it's the same as: 'The book is being read by me'-I have already started reading the book, but I may or may not be reading it at the moment. Do you agree?
    Yes, but that's not a natural sentence.

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    Default Re: What does this sentence exactly mean?

    It isn't a natural sentence, use active voice when you are doing the action.

    I am reading the book at the moment - I am reading it now ( it is open on my bed or I have it in my bag, I have started reading it though 'at the moment' does not have to mean: this second, because this second you are reading this post and not the book) .


    I am going to read the book - in the future.

    The car is going to be repaired - somene will work on it in the future
    The car is being repaired - someone has started working on it.

    Generally for everyday speech choose active voice, passive voice is formal and not that common. It isn't natural in your example and it sounds strange even in the example with the car. It would be good in the news on TV: A strange object has been found in the dessert. The experts suspect it is UFO. It is being examined by a team of specialists at the moment. It is going to be sent to NASA.
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    I see now. Thanks. I didn't know that 'The streets are being repaired this month' refers to a future action. I didn't pay attention to it.

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    Default Re: What does this sentence exactly mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    I see now. Thanks. I didn't know that 'The streets are being repaired this month' refers to a future action. I didn't pay attention to it.
    It doesn't necessarily mean that. Depending on context, it could mean that the repair works have already begun.
    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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