Can I use "will" instead of "going to or present continuous" when asking or making statements about someone's plans with a specific time involved?

for example:

  1. I will meet her Monday morning at 7 am.
    (we have an arrangement)

  2. What time will you meet her?
    (tell me your plans)

  3. She will arrive at 9am. tomorrow.
    (she has an arrangement with my brother)

  4. What time will she come home?
    (tell me her plans)

  • Going to + infinitive is the expression of present continuous. That is a future tense expression. Could you please clarify your question? Do you mean using "going to + infinitive" can be used instead of "will" or vice-versa?
    – Karlomanio
    Jan 16, 2019 at 18:11
  • Yes. Vice versa. "I will meet her Monday morning at 7 am" instead of "I am going to meet her Monday morning at 7 am"
    – doggo
    Jan 16, 2019 at 18:16
  • Will may be used in all of those sentence. So may be going to. There are very few differences between them, and these rarely determine which one to use. It's more often a matter of how many syllables one wants to use. Oct 13, 2019 at 20:29
  • The semantics and pragmatics of will versus be going to are sometimes alike and sometimes very different. They are not always interchangeable. Here is a full Monty on this, if you want to read through it: researchgate.net/publication/… In everyday speech, I would not use them the same way. I hesitate to give an answer because it would take me too long to figure it out formally.
    – Lambie
    Oct 13, 2019 at 20:44

1 Answer 1


You can say both going to and will for all of these sentences. They have subtle differences as to what they are emphasizing about future time.

I will meet her Monday morning at 7 AM.

I am going to meet her Monday morning at 7 AM.

The first one implies a prediction while the latter implies an intent or a plan to do that in the future.

This link does a good job of describing the differences in meaning between "Going to + infinitive" vs. will

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