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‘Will’ or ‘Going to’ – Talking about Future plans

Finished watching the lesson, now it’s time to see how much you have learned from this lesson. Take the Grammar quiz below.

1. I don’t think United Manchester _______ win the league next year


2. My boyfriend ________ work in a restaurant this summer.


3. Stop playing with the ball! you ________ break a window.


4. Look at those boys on the bike! They _______ crash.


5. Next weekend, we _______ have a party.


6. I _______ phone you by ten if I finish watching the lesson.


7. Michelle _______ buy a new dress for her sister’s wedding


8. Don’t worry , I ______ help you with your project


9. Tomorrow it ________ be sunny and hot


10. Amanda ______ take part in a beauty contest next month.


Question 1 of 10

If you need help to talk about future plans then please stay with me because in this English Grammar lesson I am going to teach you how to talk about your future plans.

#1. Which decision is planned – Will/Going to?

Let’s look at a conversation:

(Phone rings)

Michelle – Hi Harry.

Harry – Hi Michelle, would you like to join me for a coffee this evening?

Michelle – Yea, I will join you but I must let my mom know.

*In this conversation, “will” is used to talk about a rapid decision i.e. a decision made at the moment of speaking.

Conversation continues………………… (Phone rings)

Mom – Hey Michelle.

Michelle – Hi mom. I need to tell u something.

Mom – tell me

Michelle – I am going to have a coffee with Harry this evening.

*In this part of the conversation, “Going to” is used to talk about a decision that was made before the moment of speaking and arrangements have been made for that decision.


#2 –Which decision is more certain – will/ going to?

  • We are more certain about the decision where we use “Going to” – Because the decision was pre-planned and arrangements have been more for it already. (to meet Harry, had a conversation, agreed on the phone, told mom)– 100% sure
  • When we are lesser certain about a decision we use “will”– Because the decision is made rapidly in an instant and no arrangements have been made for it. ( not yet told mom, only confirmed to Harry) – 85-90 % sure
  • If you are even lesser sure about your future plans then you can use will with expressions such as: Probably, possibly, I hope, I think- 70 % sure

For Example:

  1. If you speak to a person for the first time and you realize that you have a lot in common. You can say, “I think we’ll get along well”. (50-70 % sure)
  2. I’ll possibly spend these vacations in Hawaii.
  3. Probably I’ll see you next summer.

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2 thoughts on “‘Will’ or ‘Going to’ – Talking about Future plans”

  1. enricotoni2000 says:

    So clear and so useful tips Michelle. Congratulations! Enrico, Italy

  2. Artemii says:

    What an alive,intresting tip you have brought for us,Michele!!Thank you a lot!

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