Here we will look at three main ways of talking about the future.
  1. be + going to
  2. Present Continuous for the future
  3. will/won’t
In general, we can often use any of these forms without a big difference in meaning but there are some differences in how they are used.
1. be + going to
We use this form when we have a plan or intention to do something.
  • I’m going to wash my car tomorrow.
We can also use this to make predictions about the future.
  • I think it is going to rain tomorrow.
2. Present Continuous for future
We use this form when we have made an arrangement to do something. This is like a plan, but is usually more certain.
  • I’m having dinner with my wife tonight.
3. Will/won’t
We can also use will or won’t to make predictions.
  • I think England will win the world cup.
We also use will or won’t for
  • Promises – I will be careful.
  • Offers – I’ll help you.
  • Instant decisions. (we decide at that moment, not before.) – I’ll have the lasagne.
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