LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||12/OUT/2005 11:15 AM|
The difference between (be) going to go and (be) going to is practically the same as the difference between He's going to playing football tomorrow and he's playing football tomorrow.
(Be) going to is used "when the speaker has evidence -- either external, or internal (in a form of plan or decision) which provides a reason to look forward in time."
The present continuous for the future has the same characteristic as the other uses for the present continuous, it is clearly limited (it has started and will eventually end), so when one says he's going to the club something planned comes up not only evidence, the speaker has a free choice, and they will select what is more appropriate at the time of speaking. It's worth note that due to its characteristics one can't say * It's raining tomorrow, because it is not something one can plan and I'm watching TV tonight would not be normal, unless one's really arreaged to do so.
Based on The English Verb, Michael Lewis, chapters 11 and 12.
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