The Question

By ear I feel that the answer is "I'm going to fly", but the more I think about it and the more I see "will fly" to Paris as a legitimate option as well, can you guys help me out decide with some explanation?

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    Technically, they're all wrong. The answer should be either "Yes, I have" or "No, I haven't". If you look past that, the question is really after the location, not the mode of transport. And if you're prepared to peel that layer off, well ... all the options are grammatical, except the last.
    – Lawrence
    Jul 4, 2020 at 13:34
  • I agree with Lawrence on all 3 points.It looks like you have to select just one alternative, so it looks like a badly written question.
    – auspicious99
    Jul 4, 2020 at 15:17
  • Do not just post a graphic. It cannot be interpreted by screen readers. Type the actual text into the question itself. Jul 4, 2020 at 15:18
  • @Lawrence The last option is not ungrammatical. It's the descriptive future. It's often used when people are looking at a map and planning actions, describing what people will do in the future, but in the present tense: "First, you go over here, then you open that, then …" As such, all four tenses could be correct. Jul 4, 2020 at 15:21
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    @Lawrence I disagree. I've used it in just this way myself, and heard it used by others. It's conversational and quite idiomatic. In fact, I'd almost argue that "I fly to Paris" is more common than "I will fly to Paris" or "I am going to fly to Paris." The only part of any of the answers that's unusual is fly itself. Normally, we'd just answer "Paris" or "I'm going to Paris," and not mention flying in the first place. Jul 4, 2020 at 15:57

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Basically with the "going to" we are refering to something we have already decided, in the other hand with "will" we are refering to a prediction or a future choice that we are making in that exact moment.

In general first comes "will" and then "going to". Since the description reads: "You have made all your holiday arrangements", it means we already decided what to do, so the optimal choice would be "am going to fly"

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