For the sentences below, (it's part of a dialogue)

"I'm learning Swedish. And next week I am going to have a chance to speak it for real. I am going to go to Sweden for 3 weeks"

I feel that it's more appropriate to say "next week I will have a chance..." but I'm not so sure why. Can anyone confirm/negate my "feeling" with reasons?

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    They both sound equally appropriate to this US English speaker.
    – stangdon
    Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 11:20
  • @stangdon thanks, then is there any difference between these equally appropriate options? Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 11:27
  • "going to" is more informal than "will". But in informal spoken conversation like this, they'd both be fine.
    – stangdon
    Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 11:30
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    And in AmE, in informal speech you'd probably hear "I'm gonna have" instead of "I am going to have". I would actually switch up the word choices in one of the two sentences for another reason - to avoid repeating "I am going to" in two sentences in a row, which can sound a little weird if you do it too much.
    – PMV
    Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 13:34

2 Answers 2


Both are fine

will have = going to have

I will have a baby.
I'm going to have a baby.

I will have a trip to Sweden.
I'm going to have a trip to Sweden.


As far as I know there is a difference between those two forms: "will + the verb" and "to be going to + the verb"

When somebody uses "to be going to" structure it means that one has decided to do something in future and will do it.

While "will" is used for defining intentions about future actions, which not surely will be done.

So giving you a rough idea, those forms have a distinction in the implementation probability level.

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