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  1. Newbie
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    be about to do/ be going to do/ be to do/be doing/will do

    Hello everyone,

    I have been haunted by this question for a while: what are the differences between be about to do , be going to do, be to do, be doing and will do ? I guess there are some differences in time, though I am not sure at all.

    Are there any differences between the following sentences?

    I am about to leave.
    I am going to leave.
    I am to leave.
    I am leaving.
    I will leave.

    Any answers would be appreciated.

  2. 5jj's Avatar
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    Re: be about to do/ be going to do/ be to do/be doing/will do

    Yes, there are differences, but what they are will depend on the context. You may find this helpful: Ways of Expressing the Future in English - Articles -


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