Stephen helps Ashlie with some ideas for her blog so that it gets more ‘views’. What does he advise?


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can you explain to me please: "going to be talking about" vs "going to talk about"

Hello quoc hung,

'to talk about' is a simple infinitive and 'to be talking about' is a continuous infinitive. The 'continuous' in 'continuous infinitive' refers to continuous aspect, which can be used to express different meanings. Without knowing the context for these two verbs, I can't say for sure what they are meant to communicate, but, for example, the continuous form 'to be talking about' could be used here to emphasise that the talking will be happening over a period of time. 'to talk about' can also imply this, but doesn't emphasise it in the same way as 'to be talking about'.

I hope this helps you make sense of it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

i am just wondering about Ashley's sentence at the beginning: "i'm going to be talking about..." because i often hear only "i'm going to talk about". It was the first time i've heard of this so kinda new to me haha. I don't know what their differences are.

Hello quoc hung,

In many contexts, there's no important difference between the two forms. When someone is announcing what they intend to do (e.g. in 'I'm going to talk about'), the continuous aspect doesn't make much sense, as the primary intention is to identify what you're about to do rather than get specific about what the event will be like.

In this case, Ashley has already in a sense started her talk by dressing the way she has. In a context like this, the continuous calls attention to this fact. But she could also say 'I'm going to talk about' and it would be fine.

Hope this helps. Even if it's not completely clear to you, I wouldn't worry about it too much, as it is quite a subtle distinction!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, Team.
Help me with this please.
Jess : I think the most important thing would be to choose a subject that you're really pasionate about ...
I was wondering if I could change 'would be to choose' in the sentence to :
1. would be choosing
2. is to choose
3. is choosing
Would you please explain.
Thank you very much in advance.

Hello Nizam Balinese,

All of these forms are possible and have similar meanings except for the second one. This is also correct but has a sense of being about a concrete situation, while the others may be about a real case or many be just hypothetical.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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