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    Thumbs down is going to cook vs. is cooking

    Do they mean the same thing?

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    Re: is going to cook vs. is cooking

    It depends on the context.

    Context #1
    She is cooking right now.
    => She is making food right now.

    Context #2
    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.

    Context #3
    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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