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    Can "I'm fixin' to do something" only be used for actions that are just moments away or also for the not so near future, for example next month or next year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    Can "I'm fixin' to do something" only be used for actions that are just moments away or also for the not so near future, for example next month or next year?
    It usually means you're getting ready to do something soon. In the Appalachian region of the US, it's common to hear people say "I'm fixing to get ready to go."
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    So if I said today (saturday) "I'm fixin' to fly to Venice on wednesday", it would be wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    So if I said today (Saturday) "I'm fixin' to fly to Venice on Wednesday", it would be wrong?
    It's fine. It means you're getting ready, you're preparing. "Soon" isn't any particular amount of time.

    However it's not natural for anyone except someone whose roots are in the southern or southwestern United States to talk that way. Conversationally, presidents Clinton and Carter, who are southerners, might say it. Presidents Obama and Trump would not.

    So only use it if you're pretending to be an American southerner. (And don't forget your CAPITALS!)
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 19-Mar-2017 at 01:31.
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    I want to reinforce what Charlie said. As a non-native speaker, you will provoke laughter (or an attempt to suppress it) if you use that phrase.
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    There's a very odd contrast between the idea of a trip to Venice, which conjures up images of culture and the arts, and the stereotype of a backwoods hillbilly associated with "fixin' to". That phrase sounds like something right out of "The Beverly Hillbillies".

    I say stereotype, because despite a college degree, I occasionally use the expression "fixin' to' myself. You will hear it a bit further north than just the South, up to the High Plains, at least up through the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.

    You'll probably hear it used frequently in Western genre films.

    I also wouldn't be surprised to hear the expression "fixin' to" being used in conjunction with a-prefixing.

    I've been a-fixin' to finish that roof one of these days.
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    OK, so I should only use that term when I'm in the south to show respect and interest for that region, but not e.g. in California or Canada?

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    #8

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    It's probably better if you just avoid saying it altogether.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    OK, so I should only use that term when I'm in the south to show respect and interest for that region, but not e.g. in California or Canada?
    You really should not use it under any circumstances.
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    British English speakers don't use it and neither should you.

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