I just listened to a video in which the speaker said "I'm going to be talking about....". Can we change that to "I'm going to talk about..."?


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The sentence

[1.] "I'm going to be talking about...."

has a different meaning from

[2.] "I'm going to talk about..."

[1] and [2] differ in aspect (i.e. the internal temporal structure of the event). In [1] the speaker is focussing on the talking as an ongoing (continuous) event, whereas in [2] the focus is on the talking as a single, whole event.

Both forms are correct, and refer to the event in different ways. You could change from one to the other but you'd be talking in a slightly different way about the event.

  • Good! Glad to see somebody actually knows what they’re talking about around here.
    – tchrist
    May 10, 2012 at 15:06
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    In most cases, the difference between the two meanings is probably irrelevant. May 10, 2012 at 15:14
  • @Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 True, but we don't know what the case is here. May 11, 2012 at 1:17

The sentence in its current form conveys "My current state is such that I have not yet talked about [the topic] but can be expected to do so."

I'd suggest "I will talk about...".

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