Saan ka pupunta? Where are you going? This is the translation h

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Feb 15 2021, 8:00am CST ~ 2 weeks, 6 days ago. 
Saan ka pupunta? Where are you going? This is the translation here on the site. But pupunta is future. So, i understand that to mean the translation should be, “Where you will go?” But if the context is you asking a friend who is currently walking to the store. Then using the future tense “go” doesn’t seem to make contextual sense. You don’t ask where they will be going if they are currently at the moment on there way. Future tense “go” is for the context of someone not yet going but has plans for going at some future time.
So, why are we using pupunta, a future tense verb for a present currently in operation context?
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Author Photo AMBoy Badge: SupporterBadge: Serious SupporterBadge: VIP Supporter
Feb 15 2021, 8:46am CST ~ 2 weeks, 6 days ago. 
Tagalog does not have tenses, it has aspects. Saan ka pupunta, is indeed, Where WILL YOU go? and the action has not started.
Saan ka papunta? might be better, Where are you on the way to?
or Saan ka pumupunta?
To be honest I'm not actually sure the difference between pa+ and the uncompleted aspect.
I look forward an experts corrections.
EDIT: Also I will note, that Saan ka pupunta? is normally a greeting for someone who is stationary. It's almost like a "Hey whats up!" .
Infact they don't actually expect a real answer to the question. It's commmon to say "diyan lang" in reply. (Just over there.)
Again open to corrections if I'm horribly wrong here.
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Author Photo JoshuaC
Feb 15 2021, 10:16am CST ~ 2 weeks, 6 days ago. 
@AMBoy thanks. It raises more questions. But, for now, I’ll be ok with understanding it as a colloquialism. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question.
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Author Photo BoraMac Badge: Supporter
Feb 15 2021, 11:26am CST ~ 2 weeks, 6 days ago. 
Completion in Aspect vs Time in Tense..."sakto lang"... "little close" but a ways from exact.
Completed = Past Tense. REALLY close.
Ongoing ?=? Current How many activities have a super clear stopping life is more muddy
Contemplated <> Future If you are planning...are you doing? Man you should meet my team members that seem to WANT to do nothing but plan (& pray for risk reduction)?
In practice, if you search words/phrases here in with the great TDC corpus resource, my dive reveals
Most verb conjugations don't favor the future tense. Well this is all just a matter of fact right? NGEK!
Past tense is the clear favored ASPECT for most verbs. Continuing Current Aspect...more than half as much...but not 75% as frequent as completed aspect.
And most of all...root or infinitive forms.
Your quickest leverage point are phrases. Youtube...70 one word phrases...500 short phrases...300 questions. Pangako ha...Pramis na will progress fastest learning in context. There will be many mysteries still...but you can unravel the bite sized chunks..and jump into simple movie Bar Boys...I think on YouTube and plenty of English context around the Tagalog.
Kita kits sa labas HA!
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Author Photo SiAko
Feb 26 2021, 10:33am CST ~ 1 week, 2 days ago. 
Saan ka pupunta? means Where are you going ( to go )? So it does have a future meaning just like : Saan ka mag-aaral mamaya? = Where are you going to study later? Tagalog verbs have their tenses ( past, present, future) just like in English.
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