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is there any difference between the usage of will and going to?

13 Apr 2010      




13 Apr 2010     


1. difference in grammar.
     WILL - They will go to school.
                 Will they go to school?
    GOING TO - They are going to play tennis.
                        Are they going to play tennis?
                         grammar is similar to present continuous

2. meainng
For creating future tense you can use 4 ways:
I often use % to teach students the difference and it helps a lot :-)

a) will - a sudden decision
             an offer ( I will close the window for you. I will help you. ..)
You are at home watching TV and a friend comes and asks you: " Where are you going on holiday? Your reply: "hmm, I don�t know. O, I now... I will go to Haway.
It is your sudden decision and it probably will never happen :-).
Let�s give it 10%

b) going to - a plan
I don�t usually use going to in conection with go and I am not sure that it is in use at all, but it is very good as an example :-)
If you have answered: " I am going to go to Haway"
( You have been saving for this trip for a very long time. You would like to go there once. If you manage to save enough, you will go.) It is a plan so let�s give it 50% that it is going to happen.

c) present continuous
You are sure. It is 100% persent.
If you say: " I am going to Haway." ( You have got the money. You can have the tickets, booked hotel... It is more than a plan.

d) present simple
only for timetables and diary

Hope it helped :-)


13 Apr 2010     


In addition to their planned or unplanned future meaning usage they are both used to express predictions. ıf you have clues/evidence prefer be going to, if not use will.
 It �s going to rain. ( if there are black clouds in the sky )
 It will rain. ( ıt may be a sunny day ) Smile

13 Apr 2010     

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