Published 10/08/2015 In Blog
Both are used to express future tense in English but they do not have the same meaning.
This post provides an explanation of the differences that will help you use 'going to' and 'will' correctly.
1. To talk about plans that we take at the time of speaking
I will have a coffee after the class
2. Predictions in the remote future
The doctor said my father will get better
3. Invitations, requests and offers
Will you come to the theatre with me?
4. In a question tag after an imperative form (not going go)
Close the door, will you?
5. To give an order or express a desire
Will you close the window?
Study harder or you will not pass your final exam
Adverbs that accompany ‘will’: perhaps, probably and certainly
I will probably go on holiday when I finish my degree in September
I will certainly give you a call when I am in Barcelona
Perhaps I will visit my cousin in June
1. To talk about future plans that we have decided some time before
I am going to Sri Lanka next Christmas
My brother and I are going to start a language course in January
2. Predictions in the near future that the speaker is quite sure about because there are signs
It is going to rain this afternoon, the sky is grey
My stomach is hurting, I think I am going to be sick
Hopefully this post will have helped you understand when and how to use 'will' and 'going to'. If you still have any doubts, please don't hesitate contacting me at: firstname.lastname@example.org