I was wondering about the difference in meaning between the below two sentences, which only differ in their tenses. I came across the first sentence in a YouTube video explaining the five things to know before you start acupuncture, and I don't know what the difference is if it is said like the second sentence instead.

#1 "Who then should be getting acupuncture?"

#2 "Who then should get acupuncture?"

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    Thanks for the video link. Can you tell us what you already know about the difference between present simple and present continuous?
    – gotube
    Oct 9, 2022 at 16:21
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    [correction: the two sentences below]. The then implies a prior conversation...
    – Lambie
    Oct 9, 2022 at 16:58

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Supposing there is a group of people.

Hearing the first sentence

  1. "Who then should be getting acupuncture?"

I will presume that it is imperative that someone from this group should get acupuncture.

Hearing the second sentence

  1. "Who then should get acupuncture?"

I would presume that one (anyone) from this group would get an acupuncture. It may be that in this second instance someone volunteered for acupuncture and then changed his/her mind, now acupuncturist is asking the group who should get acupuncture based on group decision.

I have seen the video. The narrator is essentially asking, "if anyone is willing for acupuncture, should he/she be getting acupuncture?". Then she proceeded to list the criteria for the person who should be getting acupuncture.

If a person fulfills the listed criteria, then that person should be getting acupuncture. Otherwise not.

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