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    Default 'Where do we go now'? - why is this sentence in Present Simple?

    Why do we use Present Simple instead of Present Continuous in:

    'Where do we go now?'
    'What do we do now?'

    Thanks for your explanation :)

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    Default Re: 'Where do we go now'? - why is this sentence in Present Simple?

    What is the context? That will most likely help you get useful answers.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: 'Where do we go now'? - why is this sentence in Present Simple?

    It could for the first ("where do we go now"), but not for the second, as far as I can remember.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: 'Where do we go now'? - why is this sentence in Present Simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    It could for the first ("where do we go now"), but not for the second, as far as I can remember.

    It's dark. We're lost. What do we do now?



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    Default Re: 'Where do we go now'? - why is this sentence in Present Simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    It's dark. We're lost. What do we do now?



    :)
    What is it that you don't understand about those sentences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What is it that you don't understand about those sentences.


    It's dark. We're lost. Where do we go now? What do we do now?

    In these sentences they are talking about their plans/intentions. I don't understand why Present Simple is used instead of Present Continuous.
    Both tenses can be used to talk about plans but in grammar books it's stated we use Present Simple when we talk about fixed plans/arrangements (like in timetables etc.) and Present Continuous when we talk about plans for the near future, they can change. Moreover, in the sentence above there's 'now' - a time expression used with Present Continuous. So why P Simple instead of P Continuous is used here? Is there any logical explanation?

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    Default Re: 'Where do we go now'? - why is this sentence in Present Simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    It's dark. We're lost. Where do we go now? What do we do now?

    In these sentences they are talking about their plans/intentions. I don't understand why Present Simple is used instead of Present Continuous.
    Both tenses can be used to talk about plans but in grammar books it's stated we use Present Simple when we talk about fixed plans/arrangements (like in timetables etc.) and Present Continuous when we talk about plans for the near future, they can change. Moreover, in the sentence above there's 'now' - a time expression used with Present Continuous. So why P Simple instead of P Continuous is used here? Is there any logical explanation?
    The present continuous wouldn't work there. They have reached a point where they don't know what to do or where to go. They are not doing anything or going anywhere. The present simple is the best choice. The future could also work.

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    Default Re: 'Where do we go now'? - why is this sentence in Present Simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    It's dark. We're lost. Where do we go now? What do we do now?

    In these sentences they are talking about their plans/intentions. I don't understand why Present Simple is used instead of Present Continuous.
    Both tenses can be used to talk about plans but in grammar books it's stated we use Present Simple when we talk about fixed plans/arrangements (like in timetables etc.) and Present Continuous when we talk about plans for the near future, they can change. Moreover, in the sentence above there's 'now' - a time expression used with Present Continuous. So why P Simple instead of P Continuous is used here? Is there any logical explanation?
    There is a different sense here. "What do we do now?" is a plea more than a question. It is about knowing that we don't know what to do.

    Say you walk out of a shop and your car is missing. You're miles from home and your phone was in your car.

    You don't ask "what are we doing now?"

    You ask "What do we do now?"

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    Default Re: 'Where do we go now'? - why is this sentence in Present Simple?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The present continuous wouldn't work there. They have reached a point where they don't know what to do or where to go. They are not doing anything or going anywhere. The present simple is the best choice. The future could also work.
    But what about rules? :) What about logic? :) I know that using any language is to some extent very intuitive but the more often I speak English the more often I am confused.

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