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    why "headed"?

    "Where are you coming from? What's your citizenship? Where are you headed? Why?"

    Hi,
    Shouldn't it be "heading"?
    Thanks.

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    Re: why "headed"?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "Where are you coming from? What's your citizenship? Where are you headed? Why?"

    Hi,
    Shouldn't it be "heading"?
    Thanks.
    No, it's passive voice and it means the same as "Where are you coming from"?

    If we say "where are you heading for"? we mean "Where are you going to"?

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    Re: why "headed"?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "Where are you coming from? What's your citizenship? Where are you headed? Why?"

    Hi,
    Shouldn't it be "heading"?
    Thanks.
    Both "headed" and "heading" are correct, just like 'What is he (focussed)(focussing) on?'

    "Where are you headed?" does not mean "Where are you coming from?"
    "Where are you headed?" means "Where are you going?"
    And it's not passive.

    head vi to point or proceed in a certain direction, to move forward toward a point specified
    Last edited by 2006; 23-May-2009 at 16:51. Reason: expand the definition of "head"

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    Re: why "headed"?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "Where are you coming from? What's your citizenship? Where are you headed? Why?"

    Hi,
    Shouldn't it be "heading"?
    It could be. It's an adjective in Where are you headed? and it means what's your destination? For example,

    Max: Hey, Sam. Slow down. Where are you headed/heading in such a hurry?

    Sam: The mall. I wanted to get there before it closes.
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    Official:
    Where are you headed?
    Passenger: Rome.

    Official: Where are you heading (right now)?
    Passenger: Rome. / The baggage area.
    Official: No. I meant what's your destination?
    Passenger: Oh. Rome.
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    What's your heading? / What's your course?
    Meaning, the compass direction toward which a traveler or vehicle is or should be moving; course.
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    The verb head "to shape one's course toward" (1835) was originally nautical. It meant to move or come from a direction in front of the head or prow of a vessel.

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    Re: why "headed"?

    To be heading or headed somewhere is to be going or directed somewhere. ▪ Where are you heading? = Where are you headed? [=where are you going?] ▪ The ship was heading/headed out to sea.

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