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    you are not to go out.

    1. Listen, you are not to go out untill you answer my question.

    2. Listen, you are not going out untill you answer my question.

    Are both of these sentences correct? Is meaning of both the sentences same? If yes, can someone elaborate why they are said differently?

    Thank you so much.
    Last edited by explorelang; 25-Mar-2006 at 22:00.

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    Re: you are not to go out.

    They're both correct. The 'you are not to do' structure is used for giving strong commands. The second could not always be used for a simple comand- 'you are not going to touch that switch' doesn't work very well. however, here it works because the speaker is taking control of the person they are speaking to.


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