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why does A use "flying" here?

A: Where to, miss?
B: Hi! Crenshaw and Hawthorne, at the Holiday Inn
that is on that corner.
A: Sure thing. So, where are you flying in from?
B: From China.

for the sentence"where are you flying in from?"obviously B has got off the plan then why does A use"are you flying"here ?THX.

Mar 8, 2015 3:09 PM
Comments · 2

thanks for your help

March 8, 2015

Interesting question. Google shows me that this is from

 

http://xiaoledeng.github.io/pages/2014/05/19/englishpod-91-100.html

 

I would say that this is a grammatical error of the kind that is very common in colloquial speech. When telling a story, even if it is taking place in the past, it is very common to shift tense as if talking about the present, to give a sense of vigor and immediacy. I can easily imagine someone saying 

 

"Yesterday I went to the department store. And to my surprise, the parking lot is full and the store is crowded. So I go in and look, and they're having a big sale... "

 

The cab driver is trying to sound casual and friendly, and for some reason which I can't explain, using the present tense here sounds friendly. 

 

It would be more correct to say "So, where did you fly in from?" 

 

 

 

March 8, 2015
小二的歌
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Learning Language
English