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    What's the difference in meaning?

    Hello, teachers.

    I'm wondering whether there is any difference in meaning between them:

    1. I'm washing my hair this evening.

    2. I'm going to wash my hair this evening.

    3. I will be washing my hair this evening.

    According to some reference books on English Grammar, all of the sentences above refer to the decided future events, but they seem to be slightly different.

    Would you help me to understand the difference if they are truely different?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help.

    yam.
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    Re: What's the difference in meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    Hello, teachers.

    I'm wondering whether there is any difference in meaning between them:

    1. I'm washing my hair this evening.

    2. I'm going to wash my hair this evening.

    3. I will be washing my hair this evening.

    According to some reference books on English Grammar, all of the sentences above refer to the decided future events, but they seem to be slightly different.

    Would you help me to understand the difference if they are truely different?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help.

    yam.
    To find any difference, one would have to split hairs. See here: split hairs - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: What's the difference in meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    Hello, teachers.

    I'm wondering whether there is any difference in meaning between them:

    1. I'm washing my hair this evening.

    2. I'm going to wash my hair this evening.

    3. I will be washing my hair this evening.

    According to some reference books on English Grammar, all of the sentences above refer to the decided future events, but they seem to be slightly different.

    Would you help me to understand the difference if they are truely different?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help.

    yam.
    1. I'm washing my hair this evening. Use of present continuous/progressive for future actions when a time reference is included.

    2. I'm going to wash my hair this evening. "Going to" for future intentions.

    3. I will be washing my hair this evening. Or "I will wash my hair this evenng"(Simple Future) With "be", (Future Progressive- with a time reference) frequently used to announce an action in order to avoid a conflict with someone other's plan. "I will be washing my hair this evening so don't make any plans to go out until I'm finished." nacti
    According to some reference books on English Grammar, all of the sentences above refer to the decided future events, but they seem to be slightly different.

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