[Grammar] future using continuous

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miriades

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Hello, nice to meet you all.

I have a doubt and need your help.

I saw this phrase in an ESL site as part of an exercise in English and that looked weird to me, so I would like your oppinion, please.

The phrase is: "Tonight at 6 PM, I am going to be eating dinner."

Also this one: "At 8:00 PM tonight, the dishes are going to be being washed by John."

My thanks.
 
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There's nothing wrong with those sentences. They are both saying what will be going on at a particular time in the future. However, the second statement is a little bit awkward. I don't see why you would use the passive voice in this one. I would say "At 8:00 PM tonight, John is going to be washing the dishes." That sounds more natural.
 

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Hello, nice to meet you all.

I have a doubt and need your help.

I saw this phrase in an ESL site as part of an exercise in English and that looked weird to me, so I would like your oppinion, please.

The phrase is: "Tonight at 6 PM, I am going to be eating dinner."

Also this one: "At 8:00 PM tonight, the dishes are going to be being washed by John."

My thanks.

The present continuous/progressive form is frequently and correctly used for future actions when a time reference is included in the statement e.g. "Tonight at 6PM......"
 
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