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    'be going to' and 'present progressive' for future plans

    For future plans, can we use 'be going to' and 'present progressive' interchangeably?

    What are your plans this weekend?
    What are you doing this weekend?
    What are you going to do this weekend?


    Examples taken from the book 'Speak Now' written by Richards and Bohkle.
    Last edited by tulipflower; 01-Oct-2020 at 17:36. Reason: Remove formatting tags.

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    Re: 'be going to' and 'present progressive' for future plans

    https://www.usingenglish.com/article...n-english.html

    (I've just noticed there's a typo in About the author - it must be "German", not "Herman".)

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    Re: 'be going to' and 'present progressive' for future plans

    I found this in your recommended website.

    Emma is going to see Luke tomorrow.

    When the present evidence is an arrangement, then there is, practically speaking, no real difference in meaning between the present progressive and BE + going to.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 01-Oct-2020 at 17:52. Reason: enlarging font size

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    Re: 'be going to' and 'present progressive' for future plans

    Quote Originally Posted by tulipflower View Post
    Emma is going to see Luke tomorrow.
    When the present evidence is an arrangement, then there is, practically speaking, no real difference in meaning between the present progressive and BE + going to.
    I agree.

    Not surprising, since I wrote it.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Oct-2020 at 20:08. Reason: Enlarged font in quote
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