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  1. MissEllie's Avatar
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    I'm going to .....

    I hear this a lot in American movies/series:

    ex: Policeman to driver: I'm going to need you to get out of the car!
    ex: I'm going to ask you to stop it.

    Why don't they simply say "I need you to get out of the car." or "get out of the car." ?

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    Re: I'm going to .....

    It's the police officer's attempt to sound more polite.

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    #3

    Re: I'm going to .....

    Do people talk like that in everyday life? The sentence is too long and it sounds a bit formal to me, am I wrong? Comparing these two sentences, is it less polite if I say, "I need you to open the door for me, please." ?
    Last edited by MissEllie; 18-Feb-2014 at 18:28. Reason: typo

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    Re: I'm going to .....

    The cop is talking in the "future" tense because he is explaining what is going to happen and giving you the opportunity to cooperate peacefully.

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