Go to Top

Going to or will?

At the moment of speaking use will. Before the moment of speaking use going to.

A penguin is standing on a sleeping polar. He is going to bang a pair of cymbals.

‘I am going to wake up the bear.’
‘If he bangs them cymbals I will kill him!’

For a decision made before the moment of speaking we use going to.
• On Saturday I am going to the zoo.
(A plan)

For a decision made at the moment of speaking we use will.
• Julie: Tea or coffee?
• John: I will have tea.

For a prediction based on opinion we use will.
• I think we will be good friends.

For a prediction based on something we know now we use going to.
• The traffic is bad. We’re going to be late.

Remember: At the moment of speaking use will. Before the moment of speaking use going to.
  • Exercise 1

    Remember: For a prediction based on something we know now we use going to. For a prediction based on opinion we use will.

    Use will or is or am going to to complete the sentences.

    Remember: For a prediction based on something we know now we use going to. For a prediction based on opinion we use will.

    Use will or is or am going to to complete the sentences.

    Exercise 2

    Use will or is or am going to to complete the sentences.

    Use will or is or am going to to complete the sentences.

  • Remember: At the moment of speaking use will. Before the moment of speaking use going to.

    Next time I will use condoms.