Will & going to
These are two of the many ways we have of talking about the future in English. In this programme we contrast these forms and find out when to use each one.
Our challenger is Noppawan from Thailand who role-plays some situations with Callum and tries to choose the best form to use in each situation.
Listen to the programme!
As we've seen in a previous Grammar Challenge 'going to' is used to describe a plan or decision that you have made about the future. We use 'will' for decisions which we make at the moment of speaking, something which hasn't been planned before.
For example, in a restaurant:
Waiter: What would you like?
Customer: (looking at the menu) Mmm, I think I'll have the steak.
Will is a modal form. It always stays the same whatever the subject and is followed by a base infinitive (the infinitive without 'to'.) Although the form of 'will' doesn't change we usually contract it to 'll.
Download Nuala's grammar explanation and table (pdf - 31 K)
Download this programme (mp3 - 1.8 MB)
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Now it's your turn to practise will and going to . Go to our quiz page on this subject here.
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