Present Continuous - Future
A: Why are you leaving early?
B: I’m going to the dentist.
A: Why? Do you have a toothache?
B: No, I’m getting my teeth cleaned.
A: Well, if you are leaving early, I’m leaving early too.
B: Fine with me!
A: What are you doing tonight?
B: I’m meeting my mom for dinner?
A: Oh! Where are you going?
B: We are going to the new Thai restaurant. Join us!
A: Thanks, but I can’t. I’m playing futsal tonight.
B: Well, maybe next time.
A: What classes are you taking next term?
B: I’m taking math and history.
A: Nice, I’m taking math too!
B: Who is teaching the class?
A: Prof Smith is teaching it.
B: Oh no, I hear he is hard!
A: What is going on tonight?
B: Bill is having a party.
A: Oh, really! When and where?
B: He’s having it at his house. It is starting at six.
A: Who is going?
B: Everyone’s going. You should come!
We often use the present continuous for plans we do not expect to change.
(Q) What are you doing tomorrow?
(A) I’m working until noon.
(N) I’m not doing anything after that.
(Q) When is she getting here?
(A) She’s arriving at six.
(N) She’s not coming alone.
(Q) Where is he going?
(A) He’s going home.
(N) He isn’t coming back.
(Q) Why are they quitting?
(A) They are moving to New York.
(N) They aren’t leaving until June.
(Q) Are you coming to the party.
(A) Yes, I am. I’m bringing my friend.
(N) No, I’m not. I working that night.