I'm leaving...Did you buy the ticket? (arranged?)

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Hi,

We use present continuous when we say that we have arranged to do - for example, arranged to meet somebody, arranged to go somewhere:

I'm leaving tomorrow. I've got my plane ticket.

I am going to do something = I've decided to do it (but perhaps not arranged to do it):

'Your shoes are dirty'. 'Yes, I know. I'm going to clean them.' (=I've decided to clean them, but I haven't arranged to clean them)

Taken from Grammar in use - Reference and Practice for Intermediate with answers by Raymond Murphy

My question is: Is it weird to say 'Did you buy your plane ticket' after the present continuous because it is arranged?

A: I'm leaving tomorrow.
B: Did you buy your plane ticket?

Is it OK to ask that? Should I always guess s/he bought the ticket in that situation?

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I believe "Did you buy your plane ticket?" is OK in AmE in that context. However, in BrE, we would ask "Have you [already] bought your plane ticket?"
 

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Thanks for the answer but I really want to ask what 'arranged' impies. What should we understand from the sentence 'I am leaving tomorrow?' or 'I am flying to London tomorrow?'
 

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A: I'm leaving tomorrow.
B: Did you buy your plane ticket?

Asking this question depends on a couple of things:

1. Is this a person who routinely forgets to do something? If so then of course it fine to ask such a question.

A: I'm leaving tomorrow.
B: Did you buy your plane ticket?

Replies:
A: Yes.
A: Of course I did! I'm not that forgetful.
A: I thought you said you'd get the ticket for me!
A: I knew there was something I forgot to do last week.

2.
Perhaps there has been a change in plans

A: I'm leaving tomorrow.
B: Did you buy your plane ticket?

Replies:
A: There has been a change in plans. I am going by train instead.
A: I'm not flying there, I told you last week I will take the train.

It is very common to ask this and other questions before someone travels. These questions could be: reminding them about things the person should take with them, or asking who is going to look after pets or plants while they are gone, or perhaps asking if you can do something for them for example drive them to the airport.
 

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Should I always guess s/he bought the ticket in that situation?

There may be cases where they haven't, but 99% of the time, they will have made the arrangements. If not, they probably wouldn't use a verb form implying that the arrangements are in place.
 

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I believe "Did you buy your plane ticket?" is OK in AmE in that context. However, in BrE, we would ask "Have you [already] bought your plane ticket?"

In this context, only Have you bought your ticket? sounds natural to my American English-trained ears.
 

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I would probably use "have you" and I think that's the most natural way to ask it. "Perhaps" because sometimes I'm surprised by what comes out of my mouth.
 

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And I've realized that I might well ask Did you get the tickets?
 
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