Grammar – Future plans

Explanation

What’s the difference?

  • will – will is used for new decisions – future actions that are not planned.

Please come tonight! Please!

OK, OK, I‘ll come!

  • going to – going to is used for old decisions – future actions that have been planned.

What’s your plan for New Year’s?

I’m going to camp near Tauranga’

  • present continuous – present continuous is used for old decisions – future actions that have been planned. Using the present continuous stresses that the action has been organised.

OK, I just paid for the accommodation. We‘re staying in Taupo for two nights, then Wellington, where we’re seeing your parents.’

  • There is almost no difference between the present continuous and going to, but to use present continuous the action must be something that you can organise, and not a prediction.

I think my team is going to win tomorrow.

This is a good sentence because going to is used to make a prediction.

I think my team is winning tomorrow.

This is a bad sentence because present continuous cannot be used to make a future prediction.

Quiz

Future plans

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