Here we will look at three main ways of talking about the future.
- be + going to
- Present Continuous for the future
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.
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.