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    Default staying vs 'going to stay'

    Who is she staying with while you travel?

    Who is she going to stay with while you travel?


    Which is the correct one, please? How would a native say it?
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    Default Re: staying vs 'going to stay'

    Either can be used; both are correct.

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    Default Re: staying vs 'going to stay'

    Who is she going to stay with while you travel?

    This enquires after whom she intends to stay with - she is not staying with them as yet.

    Who is she staying with while you travel?
    This could mean either: she is already staying with these other people; or the person asking the question is being brief and is really asking the first question above. The point is, the question is being asked of the person who is going to travel/is travelling, and so will 'know' what he is being asked- he will know whether or not she has started to stay with these people and will answer accordingly.

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    Default Re: staying vs 'going to stay'

    hi,
    I think I understood your point.
    in this context, the person who is to travel in not traveling yet.
    should I replace "while" by "when" to make the sentences clearer?
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    Default Re: staying vs 'going to stay'

    Excellent idea! But it leads us into problems with the construction 'when you travel'. We would have to change that:

    Who is she going to stay with when you start travelling?
    This is now a bit clumsy, and a native speaker would be more likely to say:

    Who is she going to stay with while you're away?

    and

    Who is she staying with while you're travelling around?
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