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.
thanks for your help
Interesting question. Google shows me that this is from
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?"