I wonder how to use "be + going to" and the present continuous.

For examples:

If I say

I’m leaving tomorrow.

does that mean I’ve got my plane/train ticket? And if I say the sentence

I’m going to leave tomorrow.

do I need to have a ticket with me or not?

Another example:

She’s going to the exhibition tomorrow.

is exactly like “She’s going to go to the exhibition tomorrow” or not?

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    – Sweet72
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 13:59

2 Answers 2


For your first question - either sentence is fine, regardless of whether you have your ticket. If you want to say something about tickets, you need to say so explicitly.

For your second question - yes, they are the same.


It's really more of a language structure thing, less about meaning - unless you want precision.

I leave tomorrow. [ simple or poetic ]

I am leaving tomorrow. [ ordinary, common use ]

I am going to leave tomorrow. [ a bit more emphatic, still common ]

I will be leaving tomorrow. [ Future tense, also a bit more emphatic ]

All say that I leave tomorrow.

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