From NPR:

She's been doing a project called Wordless News every day for about a year now and next week she's going to be doing drawings based on stories she hears right here on MORNING EDITION.

Is there any difference if I substitute "going to do" for "going to be doing"? Thanks.


Not any semantic difference in this particular sentence. For the semantic difference in general see "future progressive" versus "simple future."


Going to do drawings means that she will do drawings on at least one occasion.

Going to be doing drawings means that she will do drawings repeatedly.

  • What if the sentences are: Tomorrow, (I'm going to be leaving -vs- I'm going to leave) - or is the first sentence awkward in current form but it would be natural if said as in "I'm going to be leaving by/at 8.00 am tomorrow"? – learner Jan 12 '14 at 10:59
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    @learner In that particular case there would be no real difference, because there's no indication that leaving is a repeatable action as there is with do (plural) drawings. – StoneyB on hiatus Jan 12 '14 at 11:19

I'm going to do ** something = i have already decided to do it, foreg:Are you going to eat anything ? No, I'm not hungry.'

I;m am doing [present continuous ] when we say what we have arranged to do- for example , arranged to meet somebody, arranged to go somewhere. what time are you meeting an this evening ?

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