going on

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - going on

"going on"




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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - going on

A moving company supervisor and worker are talking ...

Supervisor:  Is there something happening that I should know about?

Worker:  Nothing going on here boss.

Supervisor:  It doesn't look that way to me.  There's a safe half buried in the sidewalk.  Something is happening that shouldn't be.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - going on

A pet owner has come home after work to discover her apartment very messy.  Her pet mouse is missing from its cage.  Her cat looks guilty ...

Pet owner:  What's going on here?

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going on - Usage:


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going on - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for going on.

going on - Examples:

1)  If you know what's going on, and you can keep your head when under pressure.

2)  This issue of the magazine is focusing on all of the good going on on-campus.

3)  It so obvious that no one in the world knows what is going on in their governments.

4)  Sometimes the dentist will take X-rays to get a better picture of what is going on in your mouth.

5)  He demonstrated a lack of sophistication about what's going on around the world.

6)  I wanted to read a first-hand account of what's going on in Iraq.

7)  It's been going on for a few days and I have no idea what's causing it.

8)  As an omniscient writer, you know everything that's going on in the house.

9)  All living beings pay exquisite attention to what's going on in their environment.

10)  We write letters to our elected officials and stay aware of what is going on with motorcycle legislation.

11)  Trends began as a useful way to find out what's going on but has grown less interesting due to the noisiness of the conversation.

12)  You refuse to actually open your eyes and pay attention to what's going on, both in your party and in the world.

13)  I think if you've got someone sitting next to you who knows what's going on, just get them to whisper it to you.

14)  Who are you? What's going on here?

15)  What's happening to you? What's going on with you?

16)  The second picture is a little better -- I have no idea what's going on in the first one.

17)  I have to purchase the NY times to know what's going on in the world.

18)  Tell a family member or friend right away what's going on.

19)  If you read and educate yourself you will be shocked at what's going on in this country for the preparation of the swine/vaccine. 

20)  What's going on with the Chicago Tribune these days?