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    World Championships

    1 The Darts World Championships are currently going on in London.
    2 The Darts World Championships are happening in London now.
    3 These days, the Darts World Championships are taking place in London.

    Are they all correct and mean the same?
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    Re: World Championships

    They're all correct, but the meaning isn't exactly the same.

    #1 and #2 are essentially the same, but #3 implies that the championship was moved to London in the fairly recent past, after having been held in some other city for many years. It also doesn't necessarily mean the event is currently underway. In #1 and #2 it's clear the event is currently going on at the moment.
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    #3

    Re: World Championships

    Is there a change in meaning in #3 because I placed "these days" at the beginning of the sentence or due to the verb "taking place"?

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    Re: World Championships

    It's the phrase 'these days' that changes the meaning, because it draws a comparison between now and the past, regardless of where you position it.

    As long as it's in the sentence, you'll have that comparison. It has no literal meaning of 'right at this moment'.

    If you left it out, then sentence #3 could be taken to mean that the event is happening now, but 'taking place' could also mean 'scheduled to happen'. Context would clarify which it was.
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