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Please consider:

Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week?

Why is that combination of present tense forms used to indicate a future event, first the continuous one and then the the simple one?

Why not the other way around? Or both simple or both continuous?

What special nuance does the continuous aspect lend to this special kind of future?

Why do we not use the continuous present in this sentence:

Little is it truth.

I know that in English, the progressive or continuous form of the present tense is used to focus along the action, but then we don’t use it in that other sentence.

Why not?

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Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week?

This is a little sloppy, but it might occur in informal conversation. I guess "it" refers to their departure date.

Better:

Are they planning to fly to New York? Is their trip next week?

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