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Hi teachers,

In a grammar book I read that you use future continous forms in these contexts:

  • reassuring people that we are not putting ourselves (or someone else) out
ex) She'll be going there anyway

  • sounding out plans before making a request or an offer
ex) Will you be using your car?

The problem is, I don't understand these explanations because I don't know what putting someone out or sounding something out mean. Please help. I would appreciate any help. Thank you very much!!
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AnonymousI don't know what putting someone out or sounding something out mean. Please help. I would appreciate any help
"putting yourself out" means to go to special or extraordinary effort. So "not putting yourself out" means just the opposite.
http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?s=put+yourself+out&gwp=13

"sound out" means to find out what someone plans or thinks. The example you give is confusing because you don't normally sound out plans you sound out people as to what they think of your plans. http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?s=sound+out&gwp=13
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1) Assuring someone that there won't be any inconvenience.
Don't worry. She'll be going there anyway, so she won't be inconvenienced by taking you along with her.
Deliver a package to him? Oh, certainly! I'd be glad to. I'll be seeing him tomorrow anyway, so it's really no trouble at all.
2) Trying to get information that would be useful before asking or offering a favor.
Will you be using your car Saturday? Because if not, I'd like to use it. Would you let me use it?
Will you be working on the Jones accounts today? Because I'm very familiar with them, and I could help you if you want.
CJ