In two days M is going to camp with her group. They planned it all month

Why "going to" instead of "is camping" because it has been already arranged, it took one month so it has been fully arranged

  • The syntax of your example context is potentially ambiguous, in that [going to] camp could be seen as a [future] verb construction (as per The rain is going to stop), or the last two words could be seen as a preposition + location (as per I'm going to London). Personally, my natural reaction is to see it as the latter (that's to say, "camp" is a noun usage representing the place M and her group are going to). But this is really just syntax - the actual meaning is effectively the same whichever stylistic choice you make. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica May 11 '19 at 16:50

The camp is possibly a specific venue and not some vague location where you "go camping".

In this case camp could be the American custom, and camp is a noun and not a verb, because camp is the destination where M is going.

In two days M is going to [summer] camp with her group.


If you have been taught that "be going to" is only used for uncertain future events, you have been taught wrong.

"Be going to" is a standard way in English to indicate a future activity. Future activities are always uncertain, since no one can predict what will actually happen. Just saying "it's been planned for a month" doesn't make it any more certain. You have use the context to judge how certain the speaker is of the event.

Consider a wedding, for example. A wedding ceremony is, as you say, a "fully planned" event. It's not something you (normally) change the date of, or call off, at the last minute. Without further information, all of the following sound more or less equally certain (because it's only a month beforehand):

We are getting married next month.

We are going to get married next month.

We will get married next month.

Still, you can always qualify.

Alice: Chris and I are getting married next month, but we still have to find a venue for the ceremony.
Ben: So you might not get married?
Alice: No, no. It's going to happen. Everything will come together, you'll see.

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