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Unread Jan 9th, 2008, 09:33 pm
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Default present progressive

Could you tell me if this is correct?
How are you cooking this dessert. Is it correct that the present continuous be used or should will be used.

Also the question

'When are you working?' Can the present continuous be used. I thought the present continuous could be used for arrangements. But when are you working isn't an arrangement.

Could you clairify this for me.

Thank you.
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Nunzia: I don't completely understand your question. The present progressive can be used to discuss arrangements or 'plans' and when you're working is certainly a plan! Most jobs have a schedule (they don't let you come whenever you feel like it) and so "When are you working?" is another way to ask "When do you plan to work?"

It's a pretty normal question and one my wife asks me at least once a week, because my schedule changes.
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Could you tell me if this is correct?
How are you cooking this dessert. Is it correct that the present continuous be used or should will be used.

Also the question

'When are you working?' Can the present continuous be used. I thought the present continuous could be used for arrangements. But when are you working isn't an arrangement.

Could you clairify this for me.

Thank you.
Hi Nunzia,

I think you are trying to distinguish between future tenses. You can use present progressive to indicate an action taking place in the future.

Ex. I am going to the store tomorrow.

Question 2: You are using a relative pronoun that indcates future, i.e. "when". Your sentence is in the future tense, even with present progressive in it.
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