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  1. cychina2008
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    how is...coming?

    From<growing pains>s710,Maggie asks jason "how are the gutters coming" i think she should say how are the gutters thing going,am i right? thanks.


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    Re: how is...coming?

    If somebody is doing a task, and another asks how they are going with it, they will say:
    "How's the jumper coming?" - referring to knitting a jumper.
    The person might reply:
    "Oh, it's coming along."

    or the person could have asked:
    "How's the homework coming along? Much more to do?"


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    Quote Originally Posted by cychina2008 View Post
    From<growing pains>s710,Maggie asks jason "how are the gutters coming" i think she should say how are the gutters thing going,am i right? thanks.
    'Go' indicates a movement from smth, 'come' - a movement towards smth. Here 'coming' means a movement towards the completion of the work.

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    Re: how is...coming?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    'Go' indicates a movement from smth, 'come' - a movement towards smth. Here 'coming' means a movement towards the completion of the work.
    So... "How is it going?" and "How is it coming?" are both correct with some difference in meaning?


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    Re: how is...coming?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    So... "How is it going?" and "How is it coming?" are both correct with some difference in meaning?
    I think so. 'Going' suggests that you look at the action from the perspective of the starting point of an action, 'coming' from the perspective of its aim.

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