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    He is going to go to London next week.
    He is going to London next week.

    Is there a difference in meaning between the sentences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    He is going to go to London next week.
    He is going to London next week.

    Is there a difference in meaning between the sentences?

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    Yes. The first sentence expresses a future action. He will go to London some time next week/moth/year..
    The second one also tells future action using present continuous tense.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 17-Jul-2009 at 07:01.

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    I wonder because my teacher taught me that the verb "go" can't be used after "be going to". I don't know if the first sentence is right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    Yes. The first sentence expresses a future action. He will go to London some time next week/month/year..
    The second one tells that the action is happening at this moment. He is now sitting on the plane and going to London
    If I said, "He is going to London next week', it gives me the impression he will be on the plane next week." Somehow the first sentence, to me, seems to add 'to go" and are redundant to me.

    I'm sorry that I still don't understand the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    If I said, "He is going to London next week', it gives me the impression he will be on the plane next week." Somehow the first sentence, to me, seems to add 'to go" and are redundant to me.

    I'm sorry that I still don't understand the difference.
    You are right, there is no difference as both sentences describe future action. My earlier post stands corrected as such. How ever, "be going to" is an alternative form of simple future "will". The sentence looks odd because of repetition of the verb "go'. Now rearrange the words as:He is going to go next weekto London .
    You are going to meet your friend there.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 17-Jul-2009 at 07:04.

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    Re: going to go

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    He is going to go to London next week.
    He is going to London next week.

    Is there a difference in meaning between the sentences?

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    There's no difference in meaning between these sentences.

    When you use going to go, you can omit to go.
    e.g. I'm going to go to university next year or I'm going to university next year.

    Although be going to and will refer to the future, they are not the same.

    be going to is used to talk about future plans and predictions.
    I'm going to work in the UK for six months. (plan)
    I think it's going to rain this afternoon. (prediction)

    will is used for:
    Predictions: I think he'll fail the exam. / I don't think he'll pass the exam.
    Decisions: I won't have the fish, I'll have the steak. / I'll phone you later.
    Offers: I'll help you with your homework. / Shall I open the window?
    Promises: I'll always love you. / I won't tell anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ha179 View Post
    I wonder because my teacher taught me that the verb "go" can't be used after "be going to". I don't know if the first sentence is right.
    It can be. The only objection is that it is not necessary, and sounds repetitive. The first sentence is correct.
    "Go" can be used after "going to" just as any other verb can. The meaning is the same as any other "going to <verb>".

    The only difference between:
    He is going to go to London next week. and He is going to London next week.
    is the same as the difference between:
    He is going to work in London next week. and He is working in London next week.
    Last edited by Raymott; 18-Jul-2009 at 00:07.

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    Re: going to go

    Why is *'He is going go London next week.' wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    Why is *'He is going go London next week.' wrong?
    Is that a serious question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    He is going to go to London next week.
    He is going to London next week.

    Is there a difference in meaning between the sentences?

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    A very minor one, but yes: the first means simply that he currently intends/is planning to go, while the second suggests that he has made a definite arrangement (of some kind) to make the trip - which could be anything from reserving his hotel room to agreeing to meet someone there.

    Thus the use of the present progressive for a future action tends to denote a more definite, less changeable plan than the [be going to V] construction.

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