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    #1

    should be going/go

    1. It's so late. I should be going.
    2. It's so late. I should go.

    What's the difference in meaning of above sentences?

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    Re: should be going/go

    I can't think of any.

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    #3
    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I can't think of any.
    Then why first sentence is in future continuous?

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    #4

    Re: should be going/go

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    Then why first sentence is in future continuous?
    There is no good reason for it. As a native speaker I prefer "I should be going". But there is no compelling reason. It's just a question of what people tend to say. "I should go" is also perfectly correct.

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    Re: should be going/go

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    Then why first sentence is in future continuous?

    Then why is the first sentence in the future continuous?
    Please note the correct way to ask this question.

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    #6

    Re: should be going/go

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Shibli:

    I am not disagreeing with the teachers' answers.

    I thought, however, that you might be interested in what one respected book * says: Sometimes the future progressive sounds less direct and so more polite.

    That book gives this example: "I'm afraid we must be going." (Only my note: I think that sounds more polite than "I'm afraid we must go.")


    Source: Michael Swan, Practical English Usage (1995 edition), entry #161.2 on page 159.

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