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    Will/going to be possible meanings

    Just a wild guess, when the speaker says "I'm going to be needing a statement.", he might be setting up a time frame trying to say "It doesn't matter if it's today or tomorrow but you're coming over to file a report."?
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    Re: Will/going to be possible meanings

    Since this was a Canadianism, let me jump in.

    In Canada a person who says "I'm going to be needing a statement" really means "You have to give me a statement". The uncertainties that the actual words create about exactly when and whether a statement will be required are merely a form of courtesy intended to make it easier for the hearer to accept that blunt fact.

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    Re: Will/going to be possible meanings

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Since this was a Canadianism, let me jump in.

    In Canada a person who says "I'm going to be needing a statement" really means "You have to give me a statement". The uncertainties that the actual words create about exactly when and whether a statement will be required are merely a form of courtesy intended to make it easier for the hearer to accept that blunt fact.
    1)So it has a similar meaning to when we may say to children when they play hooky "You are going to school today."? Or perhaps this one "You're going to be listening to what I say."?

    2) Would you use it to talk about the present:

    "Don't call him. He'll be preparing for exams now."?
    Last edited by ostap77; 15-Feb-2011 at 10:27.

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