she is working/going to work in June and July as a nurse in a hospital in Roma. She will be helping old people .She found this job yesterday.

Can I use present continuous in this case? It is a future event so it should be . I think present continuous is better than going to because it is not an intention it has become an arrangement now

  • Either would be acceptable. Commented Nov 4, 2022 at 9:01
  • I would only use present continuous here if I also specified when the job starts, because otherwise it sounds like she's working there right now. It's not like "I'm going to China" where it's clear you're not going this instant. Commented Nov 4, 2022 at 9:11
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    so as I have specified the months she will be working present continuous is valid
    – Yves Lefol
    Commented Nov 4, 2022 at 9:22
  • Are you familiar with the function of present continuous to mean future plans?
    – gotube
    Commented Nov 4, 2022 at 15:42
  • I think so it must be certain and to be not too far
    – Yves Lefol
    Commented Nov 4, 2022 at 17:37

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You can but depending on the relativity of the specified date, using present continuous could be confusing.

For example, consider if:

  1. it is currently June and "she is working in June and July as a nurse". This works very well.
  2. it is currently March and "she is working in June and July as a nurse". Okay this still works fine
  3. it is currently 2022 and "she is working in June 2040 as a nurse". This is a lot stranger but the only thing that's changed is how far off it is from now.

In all of these scenarios above, "she is going to work in as a nurse" work very well. Similarly so for "she will be working".

Also because things may change overtime, while "I will be working some job 10 years from now" is correct, one may prefer to indicate the present "plan" for the future to account for change overtime like "she plans to work in" or "she is planning to work in" which is present continuous and works because she is planning now to then be working whereas "is working" implies now into the future.

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    in fact I wrote this text last year in May and she started her job in June last year
    – Yves Lefol
    Commented Nov 4, 2022 at 17:37
  • Ah! so then yes I think it's totally appropriate in your context given that she 1) recently procured this job 2) will be starting very soon (less than 1 month when you're using months as the relative unit of time). I do think that "is going to" is still better as your concern that the difference is in intention vs absolute doesn't really apply to "is going to" like it would to "plans to work". Right so "she is going to work" still implies that "it has become an arrangement now" and is not just an intention.
    – ccchoy
    Commented Nov 4, 2022 at 17:45

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