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    #1

    I'm working (personal arrangements or not?)

    Hi,

    ''Why don't you come out tonight?''
    ''Sorry, I'm working / I work.

    The key:
    'I am working'.
    The source:
    New Headway Elementry Workbook (page 63)

    Since there is no context given, I feel a little confused. As is seen in the link, ''[t]he present continuous tense is mainly used to talk about personal arrangements and fixed plans. (http://www.englishgrammar.org/differ...nt-continuous/)

    Does 'I'm working' refer to the personal arrangements? What if the boss told me to go to work tonight? If so, it is not a 'personal' arrangements for me.

    Could you please help me with that?

    Thanks.

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    Re: I'm working (personal arrangements or not?)

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    Does 'I'm working' refer to the personal arrangements?
    Yes, it does. A personal arrangement just means an arrangement related to some person.
    Note that "I work" is wrong. That just states a general fact. For example,
    A: Are you a student?
    B: No, I work.

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    Re: I'm working (personal arrangements or not?)

    Let's say that my boss says that I have to work at 7 p.m. tonight and that is only for tonight - not something happening every night. After that, if one of my friends asks me out, saying, 'why don't you come out tonight?'' and then I can answer ''Sorry, I'm working' even if that is not my plan at all, but that of my boss. Am I right?

    What I mean is that I can use the present continuous in that sentence, since it is a personal arrangement, although it is not my choice/plan. That is, it is not something scheduled but an arrangement that is related to the other person.

    This is what I have understood from your humble answer.

    Am I correct?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: I'm working (personal arrangements or not?)

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    can answer ''Sorry, I'm working" even if that is not my plan at all, but that of my boss. Am I right?
    This is what I have understood from your humble answer.
    Am I correct?
    Yes.

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    Re: I'm working (personal arrangements or not?)

    You can use both "Sorry, I'm working" or "Sorry, I'll be working" as your excuse for not going out.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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