How to ask What are you doing now

Hi everyone, What are you doing (now)? Do you use this expression to show your disapproval for what you can see at the moment? Thank you in advance.

How to ask What are you doing now

Hi everyone,

What are you doing (now)?

Do you use this expression to show your disapproval for what you can see at the moment?

Thank you in advance.

Do you use this expression to show your disapproval for what you can see  at the moment? Click to expand... With the proper tone of voice and body language, yes!

SwissPete, thank you for your reply.

What about this?

What are your doing here now?

I think this expression always has negative connotations.

Do I understand correctly?  I can imagine a context where it is not negative.

(A and B are in California. A is a visitor to California.)

A: "The last time I was in California I was filming a commercial advertisement for a major airline."
B: "Oh! And what are you doing here now?"

I think the most unequivocally negative question would be:

"Just what do you think you are doing?"

:)



It would be a rare context where that was a positive question, although it could be pulled off with the right tone, I suppose.  JamesM, thanks a lot. I appreciate your imagination.  Hello again,

What are you doing now?

Do you say this when you see the listner doing something unexpected?

Thank you in advance.  It really depends on the tone of voice. This simple question can communicate many things.

What are you doing now? (often expresses exasperation, frustration)
What are you doing now? (disbelief, annoyance, disapproval)
What are you doing now? (moves off of self as topic and asks about other person, shows polite interest)

This is very difficult to communicate with just the written word. I'm afraid the tone of voice communicates a great deal of the meaning.  JamesM, thank you a lot for your explantion.


What are you doing?

Does this have the same impications as the above?  As you see, I've just left out 'now'.

I think this is used for the most times when you have no idea what the listener is doing at the moment.

Am I right?  I have used this phrase at work and my boss has used it on me - and we use it at home often.

I work very independently.  I report my progress and set the schedule of my tasks.  My boss does not always know what I am working on.  So, "What are you doing now?" is a common question in a routine conversation.

At home (we are all adults, and no one person is in charge) one person may consider asking another person to do something with them.  "What are you doing now?" is a part of that coversation.  This could also be used between friends who are calling/seeing each other, as a prelude to conversation about something else.

It is also a question that you are supposed to answer on the sites like Twitter.com.  watercanyon, thank you for your reply

Can 'What are you doing?' and 'What are you doing now' be used interchangeably?  Hello everyone,

1. What are you doing?
2. What are you doing now?
(you are saying either as you see someone doing something)

Is there any difference between the two?
I want to know whether there is any different situations where you say either of the two in particular.

To me the bottom sounds just more emphatic.

Many thanks  What are you doing could mean how do you earn your living, or what is your way of passing the time. It is a general question. If you want to know the exact activity that is being performed at that time, then what are you doing now is the specific question to ask. Of course this can depend on what was said before - context is always important. For example, if you are discussing career changes, you could ask what are you doing now and the answer is not "I'm talking to you."  thank you for your reply, tepatria

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