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    progressive infinitive for fixed plans???

    Hi guys.
    I know we use "to be doing sth" to suggest action and events are/were/will be continuing around the time that we are talking about .

    For example we say"I'm happy to be sitting here beside you"(present)

    or

    "I have no choice but to be studying English tomorrow" (future)

    but here is the problem:

    I know that sometimes we use future progressive (without a progressive meaning) to refer to future events which are fixed or decided,or which are expected to happen in the normal course of events.

    for example:

    "Professor Baxter will be giving another lecture at the same time next week"
    or
    "It's ok.I'll be going shops anyway".

    but i don't know if we can use"progressive infinitive "for this purpose or not?????

    I mean (without a progressive meaning) .

    I have some sentences which make me confused about this

    1-"I'm so stoked to be playing the first show they've ever had in this stadium tonight.see you soon."(progressive meaning or not??)
    2-"So stoked to be representing the girls in an otherwise all boys category for video of the year at the VMAs"(progressive meaning or not??)
    3-"So stocked to be debuting 'the last time' with Gary on X Factor tonight"(progressive meaning or not???)

    and finally,what is the difference between"am/is/are doing sth" and "will be doing sth" in this case???

    thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: progressive infinitive for fixed plans???

    All your examples are correct and natural, and would be understood by any fluent speaker. I see no reason for you to torment yourself about whether the meaning is actually progressive or not. You seem to have a solid grasp of this usage.

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    Re: progressive infinitive for fixed plans???

    I agree with probus that they're all fine. Don't worry! However, you do need to concentrate on capitalising the first word of every sentence and the word "I", and putting a punctuation mark at the end of every sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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