Is there any difference in meaning between be going to be doing and will be doing? For example:

I can't go to the party as I am going to be working on my project.

I can't go to the party as I will be working on my project.

Does the first sentence imply that the speaker had more agency in their decision making?

  • The first sentence doesn't sound right. Use either "will" or "I am working".
    – anouk
    Nov 24, 2019 at 18:09
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    It may not sound correct, but that is what native English speakers say sometimes. Nov 24, 2019 at 19:54
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    @DmytroO'Hope Yeah, your first sentence is fine. The only weird thing is the question mark at the end, which I'm assuming is a typo.
    – user230
    Nov 25, 2019 at 8:51
  • Yes, it is a typo Nov 25, 2019 at 13:39
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    They are both right. They mean the same thing, basically.
    – Lambie
    Feb 9, 2022 at 21:23

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I would agree that the first sentence hints at a touch more agency.

The most idiomatic way to say this, in my opinion, would be:

I can't go to the party because I'm working on my project.

"Going to be" here is implied but not stated; enough context is supplied to make this unambiguous.

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