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    been going to have finished

    Hello,
    I came across this sentence:

    For four months now John has been going to have finished his novel by today.



    I would like to know if "John has been going to have finished…"is the structure going to (special expression to talk about the future) in present perfect progressive. – Would it be a mistake to use instead "to have finished his novel…" just "to finish his novel…"? Thank you.

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    Re: been going to have finished

    Hello, bart-leby.
    I've found this: http://english.stackexchange.com/que...-to-go-correct

    I hope some members here will shed more light on your query.

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    Re: been going to have finished

    It's not very smooth.

    The writer thinks John will never finish his novel.
    Every day, for four months, John has been saying "I'm going to finish my novel today" or maybe "I'll have my novel finished by the end of the day." And every day, for four months, he has not.

    That means that for the last four months, he's been "going to" (future, by the end of the day) "have finished" (past by the end of the day.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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