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Hi,

What is the difference between these two sentences?

Where are you going?

Where do you think you are going?

Thank you very much.

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anonymousWhere are you going?

This is a simple request for information.

anonymousWhere do you think you are going?

This means that you had better halt because are not supposed to be going there.

It is also possible to use it flatly:

Dan: We're going to Europe this fall.

Dave: Where do you think you are going?

Dan: Oh, I don't know. Germany or Finland, probably.

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correction:

This means that you had better halt because you are not supposed to be going there.

Hi anonymous,

What does 'flatly' mean in your sentence above?

What is the difference between these two sentences below?

What are you doing?

What do you think you are doing?

Thank you very much.

anonymous'flatly'

in a neutral manner; without any idiomatic second meaning as described in anonymous's post

Note: anonymous users do not get notifications that you have added a post to the thread, so sometimes follow-up questions to anonymous users are never answered.

CJ

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anonymousWhat is the difference between these two sentences below?

The difference is of the same type as between the original two, but the secondary meaning is quite unlikely with "doing".

Hi anonymous,

What does this sentence mean?

but the secondary meaning is quite unlikely with "doing".

Thank you very much.

This conversation is somewhat less likely than the same one with "going":

Dan: We're doing something this fall.

Dave: What do you think you are doing?

Dan: Oh, I don't know. Germany or Finland, probably.

They are both fairly unlikely, really. The threatening challenge is the usual use.

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Hi anonymous,

Can I use 'what are you doing' instead of 'what do you think you are doing' in the sentence below without changing the meaning?

"What do you think you are doing? You're going to burn the whole house down if you try to use the oven that way!"

The example is from the internet.

Thank you very much.

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