Is there any subtle difference?

Reply Tue 3 May, 2016 11:23 am
Is there any subtle difference between
"What do you do now?" and
"What are you doing now?"

Please let me know what the difference is if there is, even just a little nuance.

Thank you Smile
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Reply Tue 3 May, 2016 02:09 pm
"What....do...." asks what's the next step in whatever you happen to be doing. Oftentimes, Bot, the implication is that you might be stymied

...whereas "What...doing..." merely asks with what you're occupied at the moment
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Reply Tue 3 May, 2016 02:13 pm
They have completely different meanings.

The difference is not subtle.
Reply Tue 3 May, 2016 02:14 pm
Not a bit
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Reply Tue 3 May, 2016 03:43 pm
Just to reinforce what Beth has told you:

The phone rings:


Hey Bob, what are you doing right now?

Nothing . . . just watching teevee . . . why?


The door opens and a man comes in to find a woman lying at the foot of the stairs, and his friend standing at the top of the stairs.

Bob! What happened?

She kept hitting me, and I just pushed her away from me. But she fell down the stairs.

Well . . . what do you do now?


Not at all the same, and not at all subtle. "What do you do now" would almost always mean how one intends to deal with an unforeseen circumstance.
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Reply Mon 13 Jun, 2016 04:25 am
No difference
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