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    I'm going to be singing

    Is it ok to say:
    I'm going to be singing?
    What's the difference between I'm going to be singing and I will be singing?

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    Re: I'm going to be singing

    Dear Banderas:

    They mean the same thing.

    Petra

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    Re: I'm going to be singing

    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    Dear Banderas:

    They mean the same thing.

    Petra
    If it is 'I'm going to sign' and 'I'll be signing', they are still the same thing?

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    Re: I'm going to be singing

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    If it is 'I'm going to sign' and 'I'll be signing', they are still the same thing?
    Did you mean 'sign' or 'sing'? It doesn't really matter. Almost any action verb will work for this example.

    'I'm going to sign' can mean that at some time(s) in the future, you will sign (your name, your book, etc.), and then the action will be completed: I'm going to sign the checks tomorrow.
    It can also mean that you are, at this moment, on your way (going) to sign something: Sorry, I can't talk now. I'm going (downtown) to sign the checks.'

    'I'll be signing' means that at some time in the future you will be in the act of signing. 'I'll be signing (autographing) my new book tomorrow afternoon from 2-5 at the Mountain Bookshop.'

    Their meanings are very close, and, in some cases can be considered synonymous: I'll be signing my book tomorrow afternoon. = I'm going to sign my book tomorrow afternoon. The only difference here, again, is that I'll be signing has more of a connotation of a continuous action in the future.

    Petra

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    Re: I'm going to be singing

    Thank you so much, Petra. :)

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    Re: I'm going to be singing

    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    Dear Banderas:

    They mean the same thing.

    Petra
    Thank you, Petra,
    what is more common to say:I'm going to be singing or I will be singing?

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    #7

    Re: I'm going to be singing

    For the sake of economy of words, probably 'I will be...'

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    Re: I'm going to be singing

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Thank you, Petra,
    what is more common to say:I'm going to be singing or I will be singing?
    I think most people would say, "I'll be singing tomorrow night at that little club downtown."

    Petra

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    #9

    Re: I'm going to be singing

    And if you'll excuse the reversion to 'signing', there is one class of 'signings' that tend to involve continuous action - a signing that is a ceremony (the signing of a treaty) or a publicity event ('Pam Ayres will be signing her new book tomorrow from 10.00-12.00').

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    Re: I'm going to be singing

    PS ... and another sort of signing that tends to be continuous is the use of sign language: 'Throughout the presentation a BSL interpreter will be signing'.

    b

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