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Unread Mar 4th, 2007, 07:37 pm
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What is the difference between I am going out tonight and I am going to go out tonight. When do we use going and when do we use going to? I know both can be used as future, but what is the difference?
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Unread Mar 5th, 2007, 05:38 am
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Hi Nunzia

Have a look at this thread for a good explanation: Will vs going to vs present continuous

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Look at this thread Nunzia.
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Hi Nunzia,

the first sentence is present continuous and the second sentence is a future form. However, since the present continuous CAN also be used for the future, both are correct:

I am going out tonight
I am going to go out tonight. (here 'going' means 'planning')

Since we could use both, it would be more natural to use the first one because it's less repetitive.
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