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    Hello there

    I have a lot of luggage.
    - (a) How should I handle that if I'm going to take the subway?
    - (b) How should I handle that if I take the subway?

    Which is more natural and what is the difference between (a) and (b)?

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    Re: be going to

    Quote Originally Posted by Takoyaki View Post
    Hello there

    I have a lot of luggage.
    - (a) How should I handle that if I'm going to take the subway?
    - (b) How should I handle that if I take the subway?

    Which is more natural and what is the difference between (a) and (b)?
    a.= if my intention is to take the subway.
    b = in the possible event of my taking the subway.

    These are only approximate paraphrases.

    I would expect to hear #b normally.
    In practical terms, there is not a great deal of difference between the two examples you have given.

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