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In depth explanation of the difference between “will” and “going to”?

Background My wife and I take English classes provided by our companies, so we have different teachers. So now it happened that we had the same topic: future. Both teachers are native English ...
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Using “will” vs “be going to” [duplicate]

It is a very confusing concept, when to use "will" or "be going to". Both of them refer to the future but there is a slight difference. One of the differences that I have found and I was confused ...
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Will or Be Going To

They ....... (play) golf this afternoon. I'm bored, I think I ....... (do) a crossword puzzle. They are making a lot of noise. They .......... (wake) the baby. You've got a bad cold. I .......
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A: what are your plans for next holiday ? B: I (will take - are going to take - am taking) a course in English

A: what are your plans for next holiday ? B: I (will take - are going to take - am taking) a course in English. Could anyone choose the right answer?
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Is it wrong to use “going to” in conditionals?

Is it wrong to use going to with conditionals? I.e., can I say this? If this happens, then this is going to happen. As opposed to the natural-sounding If this happens, then this will happen.
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What exactly is different in “plans” and “future predictions”?

As I know, usage of going to + infinitive structure is preferred for future plans. For instance: I'm going to learn English this year. But we can you will for "future prediction": I will learn ...
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The usage of “be going to be doing something”

SELLARS: Mrs. Murphy, last night, Alex had a psychotic break. He killed an unarmed colleague and later suffered a seizure. We did everything, everything, we could, but the doctors couldn't save ...
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“Will” vs “going to” vs present continuous

Would you please tell me which tenses are suitable here? ... the sun (KEEP) burning forever? Sometime in the next twenty-five years, a spaceship with a human crew (LAND) on Mars. My grammar ...
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“I will be” or “I'm going to be” [duplicate]

Let's say someone doesn't feel fine at the moment when another person asks how he feels. But he's sure that he should feel better soon - which one is correct: "I will be fine" or "I'm going to ...
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“be going to” in Future Perfect

I can say: By that time, I will have taken ten tests. I want to know, can I in Present Perfect substitute will with be going to? By that time, I am going to have taken ten tests.
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“When I grow up, I am going to be a doctor”- Is it correct?

When I grow up, I am going to be a doctor. Is this sentence correct? Personally I think my growing up will happen in future and "I am going to be a doctor" sounds like it is going to happen in next ...
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“Was going to” versus “would be” as the past tense of “will”

Do you think that "was going to be" or "would be" could be used as past tense of will? I thought this book was going to be your choice. I thought this book would be your choice. Do these two ...