Using 'going to' and the present continuous are two ways we can talk about our future plans and arrangements in English. In this programme we learn more about them and the differences between them.
Our challenger Sung Hyeon from South Korea has to describe her future plans when trying to find a space in her busy diary for a meeting with Callum.
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Both the present continuous and 'going to' can be used to talk about future plans and arrangements even though they are present forms. This is because the future plan has already been made and exists in the present, it is not something which is decided at the moment of speaking.
Often there is very little difference between the two forms and you can use either, however we tend to use the present continuous for a fixed arrangements, such as appointments.
For intentions and decisions we'd normally use 'going to'.
Download Sung Hyeon's diary from the challenge (pdf - 17 K)
Download Nuala's grammar explanation and table (pdf - 28 K)
Download this programme (mp3 - 1.8 MB)
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Now it's your turn to practise future plans. Go to our quiz page on this subject here.
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