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Questions tagged [will-vs-going-to]

For questions about the difference between and usage of "will" versus "going to".

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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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“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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How to say that you have plans to go to the movies tonight?

How to say that you have plans to go to the movies tonight (but you are not sure yet, maybe you will have a pizza)? I mean there are options: I am going to the cinema tonight. Way too much ...
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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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Using 'to be going to do something' instead of future simple ('will')

In Oxford English Grammar Course by Michael Swan & Catherine Walter (OUP 2011) I have come across the following example: Jennifer's eight, and she doesn't know what she's going to do. One day ...
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A question regarding will/be going to Advanced Grammar in Use

I've been going over Advanced Grammar in Use and came across Unit 9 Rule E I'll cite a part of it: However, we use "will", not "be going to", when the main clause refers to offers, requests, ...
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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 ...
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I will turn the AC on vs i am going to turn the AC on [duplicate]

I am reviewing tenses right now: there are some really good worksheets online. It is often confusing to know what tense you have to apply, especially while talking. Anyhow, what's confusing me now is ...
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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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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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Why not present continuous or “going to” for these events?

This week, we are going on a trip to Europe. First, we will stop in London for five days. Then we fly to Rome for two days. After that, we go to Vienna. Why not present continuous if all has ...
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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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“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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Using “going to” with come

I know how going to is used in a sentence. However, whenever it's mixed with come, I get confused. The answer here has some clarifications. However, my specific question is, do the following two ...
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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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What are we going to do now? / What will we do now?

I and my friend discussed a grammar exercise related to future tenses like this: We seem to be completely lost. What (we, do) _________ now? For me, 'what are we going to do now' sounds much more ...
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“Will” or “going to” or both, which one is correct (or more natural) in these specific phrases?

Are the following phrases correct? If both "will" and "going to" could be used, which one is more natural? It's raining. Don't go out. You'll get wet / You are going to get wet To me both ...
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will vs going to in the if-sentence

According to Cambridge's Advanced Grammar in Use, (Unit 11D) only will is correct in the following sentences, but not going to, If you look carefully, you'll (not are going to) find writing ...
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Will or be going to? [closed]

For the blanks in the following sentences, which tense is correct, will or be going to? "Closed over the New Year period. This office _____ reopen on 2nd January." (A sign on an office window) "The ...
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When to use “will” and when to use “is going to”? [closed]

Sometimes I will see my writing edited by someone, from "will" to "is going to", or vice versa. Example: Our sheep will give a baby this summer. Our sheep is going to give a baby this summer. What ...
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''will'' or ''going to''

My name is Tom and my friend's name is Anna. Anna has a plan to go to Croatia in summer(she bought her flight tickets) if I talk about her plans , is ''will'' or ''going to '' correct to use in the ...
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Are “will” and “going to” synonymous?

I will be watching TV. I am going to watch TV. To me, they mean the same thing? Do they in informal speech? What about formal speech?
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“Will” and “Going to”, in negative sentences. Interpretation of future plans

I hope you can help me clarifying. I've watched this video that explains the difference between "Will" and "Going to" (with referring to future plans specifically). With reference to such video the ...
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Using the present continuous or “going to” in “He is sure that he will be working for them next year”

This year he has flown over 60,000 miles for his job. He has been working for Crossinglives & Co. for almost two years now. He is sure that he (work) will be working for them next year as well. ...
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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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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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The sun <is setting/is going to set/will set/will be setting> at five tomorrow

CGEL by Huddleston and Pullum says on page 171: 8.3 Non-aspectual uses of the progressive ... (a) The progressive futurate [21] i a. The sun sets at five tomorrow. b. #The sun is ...
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Can I use “be going to” in this sentence?

A: I'd love to watch the final, but I haven't got a ticket. B: Well, I've got two free tickets to the match. I ____ give you one. Should I use "will give" or "am going to give"?
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will appear/appears/ is going to appear

Could anyone tell me the correct way of sneaking in a verb ''appear'' in the following sentence? The book is likely to be published and (will appear/appears/ is going to appear) on sale pretty soon.
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She has bought some cloth.She will make/is going to make herself a blouse

She has bought some cloth.She will make/is going to make herself a blouse. My Approach: I am confused here which to use.I think both can be used in reference to action whether she does in future or ...
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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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Why the use of “going to” in that case

John wanted to have his wife murdered. He looked for someone and found a person who could do it, his name was Paul. John explained how Paul would have to do it, and then answered a question asked by ...
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going to or will if there are evidences that something is going to be done [duplicate]

Florence: Oh, look at that mountain of dirty dishes! Who is going to wash all of those? Jack: I promise I will do them when I get home from work. Why "going to" and not "will "is it because ...
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Is it common to describe “Be going to” form as Simple Future?

"Be going to" form is called Simple Future in some English Grammar websites and books. Simple Future has two different forms in English: "will" and "be going to" English Page The Simple Future ...
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will or be going to in this situation

Let's assume, before the january 20, votes are announced. Donald Trump is not the president yet. But it's certain that he will/is going to be(I don't know which one to use). We use "be going to" for ...
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Difference between “I will do” and “I am going to do”?

In French it is "Je ferai" and "Je vais faire." How can you tell which one to use in English? Edit: Does this question answer it well in your opinion?
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Present Simple vs Future Simple vs Present Continuous vs “Going to” vs Future Obligation for events in near future

Grammar tells us that Present Simple, Future Simple, Present Continuous, Future obligation, and "Going to" can all speak about the events that take place in the future. But for near future events what ...
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Present Perfect Continuous and Future Simple - quiz contemplation

I bumped into that quiz, and I'm quite confused by these two questions' answers. I would appreciate any clarifications. A) Jane talks on the phone. Bob has been talking on the phone for an hour. ...
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A question about using “be going to” and “will” with the present perfect in a question

Have you decided what you are going to do this weekend? Have you decided what you will do this weekend? As you can see, I'm asking using the present perfect tense, but I'm a bit confused about ...
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Going to plus if

is it correct to ask What are you going to do if you lose your pants on the train? Or maybe better to ask What are you going to do when you lose your pants on the train? Thanks.
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going to for a non planned decision

After Harry had given the lecture, while he was descending from the podium, however, one of the research assistants intercepted him, and began to ask him a question on the theory of relativity.......
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will vs going to in formal situations [closed]

Is it true that only "will" should be in formal situations instead of "going to"? I am quite sure that it is used in newspaper reporting and "going to" is rarely used there. When "will" is used in a ...
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'will' and 'be going to' which is correct?

I'm not a native-speaker, so sometimes future tense (be going to, will) is tricky to me. a. If it rains this weekend, I'm gonna stay home. b. If it rains this weekend, I will stay home. c. If this ...
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I am never going to talk to you ever again vs will never talk to you

What is the difference between "I am never going to talk to you ever again and "I will never talk to you ever again" As far as I know, Present Continuous is used to talk about planned or scheduled ...
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I am going to/will be 30 tomorrow

According to Cambridge, going to is used for predictions, intentions and commands. However, in my coursebook Interchange, which is also published by Cambridge, there is this example: I'm going to ...
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I am going to my parents or I will go to tomorrow [closed]

I am going to my parents or I will go to tomorrow What is the right one? Why?
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Will vs. Would vs. Be going to

I made a conversation based on my understanding of a grammar practice for future tenses. See and correct it please, if I was wrong. Togo people A : Hey, wanna see the next match? The one for us ...
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Will and going to

I want to ask shall I use "will" or " be going to " when the sentence appears the word "if"? I tried " will" in the sentence: She...(fail) her test if she still does not study.
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“It is going to be Children’s Day next Tuesday. ” or “It will be Children’s Day next Tuesday.”?

It is going to be Children’s Day next Tuesday. It will be Children’s Day next Tuesday. It is Children’s Day next Tuesday. The third one is ungrammatical. The time is in the future, so I ...
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Simple future or “be going to” in: “Help! I will/am going to fall”

Do I use the simple future tense or the "be going to" tense in a situation that has not yet happened? Help! I will fall. Help! I am going to fall My approach: I think the action will ...