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    You're not going out

    You're not going out until you've finished this.

    This sentence comes from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 6th edition. It sounds like an order. So the present continuous tense can be used to state an order in spoken English. Am I right? Grammar books seem not to mention this use of the present continuous tense.

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    Question Re: You're not going out

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    You're not going out until you've finished this.

    This sentence comes from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 6th edition. It sounds like an order. So the present continuous tense can be used to state an order in spoken English. Am I right? Grammar books seem not to mention this use of the present continuous tense.

    Thank you.
    " Be going to" and "Will" are interchangeable in today's common English so you can use either to express command or order. Remember that "Will" is used to denote command and orders such as; you will start work at six o'clock sharp.
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    Dawood

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