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    Re: "Indend" "Is intending" to talk about plans

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    "He bought a van and is intending to take s sledgehammer to it" is wrong. This is what I don't understand.
    I wouldn't consider it "wrong", but simple present allows the inference that the damage could occur at any time, whereas the continuous suggests to me that the action will occur in the immediate future. Broader context might change my opinion.

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    Re: "Indend" "Is intending" to talk about plans

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    "He bought a van and is intending to take a sledgehammer to it" is wrong. This is what I don't understand.
    It's fine. You can also say "and intends to."

    They mean the same thing. There are always more than one way to say something.

    But it would be more natural to say "and plans to" or "and is planning to." Again, they would mean the same thing.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 02-Oct-2020 at 02:01. Reason: Fix a grammatical error.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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