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In this video we’re going to look at the difference between two future tenses in English. will / be going to Do you know the difference?
Can you tell me what you will do
tomorrow or next week or what you are going to do tomorrow or next week?
What’s the difference? Think about it. On the left, you have five
reasons why you should use the future tense with WILL. 1. to make
decisions that are made at the time of speaking. (Imagine I’m speaking now.
I’ve just made a decision, so I use WILL.) 2. to state a fact about the
future. (A fact=you are sure about it.) 3. to make a promise. 4. to make a prediction. 5. with words like ‘I think’, ‘I guess’, ‘I hope’ ‘probably’, ‘possibly’=WILL.
On the right side you can see two examples of when you use BE GOING TO.
For example, ‘I am going to …’, ‘He is going to …’, ‘We are going to …’.
So, you have to conjugate the verb BE. 1. a future event that has been planned before the time of speaking. (I planned it last night I planned it last Friday, and I’m speaking now. So, I already had this plan.) 2. to make a future prediction based on facts and evidence. (This means that you’ve looked carefully
at the facts and you’ve considered what you think is going to happen in the
future. You make a prediction, but it has a foundation. You’ve looked at the
evidence.) ** Stop the video. Listen to my explanations again and try to get a picture in your head, try to visualise when you use WILL and when you use BE GOING TO to talk about the future. Let’s look at some sample sentences.
I’m going to read them out loud. You can practise my pronunciation, copy my pronunciation, put in the word WILL or BE GOING TO. Which one sounds right? Then go
through the reasons why you use one or the other. I’ll put the link in the
description below this video. You can continue doing the examples.
1. My brother ……………. 45 in October. Which sounds correct? ‘My brother will be
45 in October’ or ‘My brother is going to be 45 in October’? Look at the rules. We follow the rules,
but also what sounds right. What have you heard people saying?
2. The phone is ringing and I’m in the shower
Don’t worry Mark I …………. for you. (In this example, the verb is ANSWER.
Do I say ‘I will answer it for you’? or ‘I’m going to answer for you.’ If it’s a
telephone mmm I would put in ‘it’. Which one sounds correct and which rule am I using? Your turn! Go to the description below the video, get the link with lots
more examples. You can write your answers in the comments box below.
Thanks for listening. In the IELTS Speaking Test, the examiner will be listening to how you
use the future tense. In the Speaking Test, you will have to use the
present / past / future tenses . Practise! Check out my e-Course Video Packs for IELTS speaking. This is MC8 IELTS Speaking (Part 1)
See you next time!