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    be going to and present progressive

    Hi there,
    Is there any difference in timing between the following pairs even though they both refer to future planned action?

    1. What are you doing this evening?
    What are you going to do this evening?
    2. Did you know I'm getting a new job?
    Did you know I am going to a new job?
    3. I am going to keep asking her out until she says 'Yes'.
    I am keeping asking her out until she says 'yes'.


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    pete

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    Re: be going to and present progressive

    What are you doing this evening?

    Can also mean "What are you doing now?" For example you phone your friend in the evening and ask "What are you doing this evening?" i.e "What were you doing when I phoned you?"

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