Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

BridgeWhen you’re talking about the future in English, should you use “will” or “going to”?

Today, in #6 of the Top 15 Fixes, we discuss the correct way to tell others what you want to do, whether in the immediate future or many years from now!

 

 

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“Will” and “going to” are interchangeable in meaning, but native English speakers tend to use them for slightly different purposes.

 

Will is often used in the context of a big plan or dream, often in the far future:

  • I will get married, eventually.
  • “Someday, people will live on Mars.”

 

However, Will can also be used if you have just spontaneously made a decision, at this very moment, or for promises:

  • “Maybe I will go out to lunch.”
  • “I will always love you.”

 

Going to is used for more specific decisions about your immediate future:

  • “I’m gonna (going to) go biking tomorrow.”
  • “She’s going to call later tonight.”

Roleplay

Lindsay and Michelle are talking about their upcoming plans.

Michelle: What are you going to do this weekend? Anything fun?

Lindsay: Yes! I’m going to a music festival all day Saturday. I think it will be really fun.

Michelle: Oh, wow! What kind of music?

Lindsay: It’s a bluegrass festival. I haven’t been to one in awhile so I’m super pumped!

Michelle: Are you going to spend the whole day there?

Lindsay: No, I doubt it. We’re going to catch a couple of bands in the afternoon. We’ll probably grab lunch there, too.

Michelle: I love festival food! They usually have some amazing food trucks.

Lindsay: Yeah, I’m excited for that. We’re definitely going to check out the food trucks.

Michelle: So fun! I want to hear all about it after!

Lindsay: I will absolutely let you know how it went.

 

Other Entries in the 15 Fixes Series:

 

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What are you going to do?

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