Talking about future Could you, please, tell me if: Are there differences in the meaning between the following sentences? are all they grammatically correct? 'Present Continuous' Vs 'TO BE + GOING TO': - We're having a party at Christmas; - We're going to have a party at Christmas. - I'm driving to work today; - I'm going to drive to work today.
Nov 4, 2018 5:48 PM
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November 4, 2018
For the most part, yes! If you told me "I'm driving to work today" or "I'm going to drive to work today", both of those imply it is happening in the future. If you told me, "I'm driving to work." I would assume you are currently (present) driving to work. For the Christmas sentences, they both are fine, but I would switch "at" to "on", which sounds more natural. We're going to have a party on Christmas (day). We're having a party on Christmas (day). Hope this helps!
November 4, 2018
that's easy. The present continuous is something settled/arranged (like making a reservation/aggreeing with people) 'be going to' is only sure in your mind (your decision to do that later). P.S. never use 'will' in these cases. :)
November 4, 2018
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