Learn the Difference Between Will vs Going to in English with grammar rules and examples.
In English grammar, both “Will” and “Be Going to” are used to express future tense but they do not have the same meaning.
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Will vs Going to
Similarity in Usage
- Both Will and Going to can be used for making future predictions without having a real difference in meaning.
I think it will be foggy tomorrow. = I think it is going to be foggy tomorrow.
Differences in Usage
- Will is used to express future actions decided at the moment of speaking, while Going to describes future plans decided before the moment of speaking.
I‘ll have salad now. (will)
I’m going to visit my aunt next Friday. (going to)
- Will is used to indicate a prediction based on personal opinions or experiences, while going to is used to express a prediction based on present evidence.
I think United will win the game. (will)
Look at those black clouds. It is going to rain. (going to)
- Will expresses a future fact; going to is used to describe something is about to happen.
The sun will rise tomorrow. (will)
Get back! The bomb is going to explode. (going to)
- Will is used to make a promise, an offer, a threat or refusal.
I promise I won’t tell anyone you broke the window.
I‘ll take you to the airport tomorrow.
I‘ll tell your parents what you did.
No, I won’t cook your dinner, you can cook it yourself.