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    #1

    change will to going to in the future progressive

    Do we ever change ''will" to ''going to" in the Future Progressive Tense?

    "We will be working on this project for a long time."

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    "He is going to be working on this project for a long time." Possible?
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    Re: change will to going to in the future progressive

    Perfectly possible.

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    Re: change will to going to in the future progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Perfectly possible.
    Is there any rule or context where we would do that?

    "My folks are coming back too early. Looks like we are not going to be having a party at my place." ?

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    Re: change will to going to in the future progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Is there any rule or context where we would do that?

    "My folks are coming back too early. Looks like we are not going to be having a party at my place." ?

    WILL BE ....-ING can have two possible overtones []

    The second possibility is that the speaker is more concerned with the pure certainty of the action happening than any volitional aspect that might be implied by the use of WILL by itself. This idea can be illustrated more clearly in the following examples. If someone says I'd like to know what Andrea thinks about this, responses might be:
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    1. I'm going to see her tomorrow. I'll ask her.
    2. Ill be seeing her tomorrow. I'll ask her.

    In both examples, the I'll ask her indicates the speaker's willingness (confirmed by the context). In the first half of the utterance we have, in [1] the speaker's awareness of present evidence of the future meeting, and in [2] the speaker's simple presentation of the fact of the future meeting. It is claimed by some writers, with some justification, that the use of WILL BE ....-ING implies, by its lack of reference to intention, volition or arrangement, a 'casual' future.

    So, the realization of your example can be:


    "My folks are coming back too early. Looks like we are not going to be having a party at my place."

    Or:

    "My folks are coming back too early. Looks like we wont be having a party at my place."

    The above is adapted from an article at:

    http://www.gramorak.com/Articles/Future.pdf

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    Re: change will to going to in the future progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post

    WILL BE ....-ING can have two possible overtones […]

    The second possibility is that the speaker is more concerned with the pure certainty of the action happening than any volitional aspect that might be implied by the use of WILL by itself. This idea can be illustrated more clearly in the following examples. If someone says I'd like to know what Andrea thinks about this, responses might be:
    […]
    1. I'm going to see her tomorrow. I'll ask her.
    2. I’ll be seeing her tomorrow. I'll ask her.

    In both examples, the I'll ask her indicates the speaker's willingness (confirmed by the context). In the first half of the utterance we have, in [1] the speaker's awareness of present evidence of the future meeting, and in [2] the speaker's simple presentation of the fact of the future meeting. It is claimed by some writers, with some justification, that the use of WILL BE ....-ING implies, by its lack of reference to intention, volition or arrangement, a 'casual' future.

    So, the realization of your example can be:


    "My folks are coming back too early. Looks like we are not going to be having a party at my place."

    Or:

    "My folks are coming back too early. Looks like we won’t be having a party at my place."

    The above is adapted from an article at:

    http://www.gramorak.com/Articles/Future.pdf
    I've been hearing people say 1) "going to be doing something" instead of 2) " will be doing someting". Would there be any difference in meaning between these two possibly interchangeable constructions?

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    Exclamation Re: change will to going to in the future progressive

    No offense intended!


    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I've been hearing people say 1) "going to be doing something" instead of 2) " will be doing someting". Would there be any difference in meaning between these two possibly interchangeable constructions?
    See above. Out of curiosity, have you read fivejedjon's enlightening post? Have you studied that PDF file he provided? To be honest, I doubt you have.


    Also, you might want to learn (and use ) this simple and very common word before asking questions about how dated an otherwise rarely used phrase is, and stuff like that. Teachers (and experienced English speakers) have already put a LOT of effort in answering your questions on here, and they surely wouldn't have minded you expressing your appreciation (inasmuch as it exists) of their effort.

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