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The future tense using “will/shall” vs “going to”

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Could Kamala Harris use “will” instead of “are going to” in this short viral video?

In this short viral video on Youtube, Kamala Harris says: We did it. We did it, Joe. You're going to be the next president of the United States. Could she use “will” instead of “are going to”?
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"Will" not used for somebody else's intentions/plans

Page 576 of Collins English Usage reads When you are talking about your own intentions, you use will or be going to. When you are talking about someone else's intentions, you use be going to. I'll ...
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What is the difference between "We are going to study" and "We are going to be studying"? [duplicate]

I want to know when we use "be going to" + be + ing?
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Does it sound odd to say "I'll go to bed" instead of "I'm gonna go to bed"?

I just know that "I'll go to bed" sounds unnatural but can't tell why. Though, I believe I can use this sentence if I have things to do very early in the morning and think that it would be o good idea ...
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"Will" vs "is going to" for predictions, what is considered an evidence?

So I know we use is going to for predictions with evidence, and will for predictions without evidence, but I've read some examples that made me very confused about what evidence actually means. Take ...
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"will" for future plans (+ specific time involved - day, date, hour)

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: I will meet her Monday morning at 7 ...
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The difference between 'will' and 'will be' [closed]

What's the difference between these two sentences? 1) The parcel will be delivered in September. 2) The parcel will be delivering in September. I highly doubt that the second sentence is ...
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Does “We're going to buy you X” sound vaguely confrontational, vs. “We’ll buy you X”?

McWhorter, J, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue (2009), p 127. [emboldening mine]   What they think brings English back to par with German and the rest is, for example, the tricky English future ...
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What's the difference between "will turn on" and "going to turn on "? [duplicate]

I was playing an ESL Future Tenses Review Game when I came across the following question: You and your friend are reading. It's getting dark and you decide to turn on the light. You stand up and ...
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Meaning of "will" in "I will be unable to meet with you tomorrow as arranged" [closed]

According to grammar rules, "will" can be used to mean: a1) promise or decision; a2) prediction based on opinion, while "going to" mean: b1) plan; b2) prediction based on evidence. But in that ...
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Clarification on an example contrasting the “BE going to ɪɴꜰɪɴɪᴛɪᴠᴇ” future with the “BE ᴠᴇʀʙ‑ing” future

I’ve been looking at the difference in sentences that express future events: those using “BE going to ɪɴꜰɪɴɪᴛɪᴠᴇ” versus those using “BE ᴠᴇʀʙ-ing” (sometimes called the present continuous or present ...
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“Will” and “going to” (Murphy's ‘Grammar in Use’ exercise)

Here is an example from Murphy's grammar textbook: You are in a restaurant. You and your friend are looking at the menu. Maybe your friend has decided what to have. You ask her/him. You: What ...? ...
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What’s the difference between "Are you going" and "Will you go"?

What’s the difference between these two alternatives: Are you going to England this summer? Will you go to England this summer?
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Modal verb “will” to describe a present situation

I heard a phone conversation between a person wishing to buy theater tickets and a sales agent like the following: “I want to buy two tickets for tonight’s show.” “Certainly. I’ll need your ...
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Future tense of verbs [duplicate]

When someone asks me, for example, to go with him to the cinema and I want to reply that I can't because I have to go to the doctor's, what should I say? I'm visiting a doctor I'm going to visit a ...
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Is "going to" an auxiliary verb?

Oxford defines an auxiliary verb as "a verb used in forming the tenses, moods, and voices of other verbs." However, "going to" is never listed as one. It would seem fair to consider it as such since ...
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Will / Going to [duplicate]

I'm having some troubles with the usage of will and going to in the future tense. I have searched this problem all over Google, but I can't seem to find the universal explanation (for example, one ...
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The future tense (will / going to )? [closed]

Could anyone answer this then explain correctly? Choose : Be careful, you ..... your hand with that knife . will cut / are going to cut /are cutting
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Is "the worst is yet to come" a future form for inanimate objects?

I hope the answers to this question will benefit anyone who studies English. I would like to understand the purpose of this future form in English: something + is/are + to + verb. At school we ...
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How can I write this sentence correctly? [closed]

How can I write the following sentence correctly: If you will do all that you will write here, all your dreams will come true
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The difference between 'gonna have to' and 'will have to'

Can anyone explain the difference between 'will have to' and 'gonna have to', please? I'm not native speaker and these statements seem exactly the same to me.
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Can I use 'be going to' instead of 'will' in this situation?

When we see dark clouds, because of the situation now, we must say: It's going to rain. Not It will rain. Or when we see somebody is going toward the wall and can't see the wall in front of him, ...
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Is it correct to say "In this paper we will prove that..." in academic papers? [closed]

Is it correct to say "In this paper we will prove that..."? I think in academic papers we should use "be going to" instead of "will", because "will" is used to describe something at the moment of ...
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bother and intrude question [closed]

There is no need to ___ with insurance. I am not going to ___ to comment on what you told me. I am sorry to ___ you at this time of night. I will tell Joe not to ___ about being there then....
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Shall I Questions [closed]

Shall I find out for you? Shall I open the door for you? Shall I pull these curtains back now? Please, I want to choose one of the following for each question. a) Do you want that I b) Shall ...
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Is "gonna have to" an Americanism?

First of all, I have read the answers about "gonna have to" usage, and they are quite clear: I am gonna have to vs I have to and why-prefix-a-request-with-im-going-to-have-to-ask-you The ...
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Difference between future and present cont. in "going" [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do the tenses in English correspond temporally to one another? Differences between ways to express future actions Does the below sentence indicate future tense or ...
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question about the future tense

In a sentence like How do you get to the train station? What would be an appropriate answer (tense wise)? Could you say both of these two: I’ll drive you. I’m going to drive you. I ...
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When is "will" used in an "if" clause?

Given the following sentences that use will in the if clause (which is seldom with if-clauses and therefore, I'm not sure they all are even grammatical or not). If you will/would kindly lend me ...
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"going to" vs "will"

I know several questions were asked about the difference between "going to" and "will". Based on several answers (see, for instance, here, here and here), I understood that "will" is more spontaneous ...
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Importance and relevance (and accuracy) of the distinctions of the two forms of the future simple tense [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the guidelines for usage of “will” and “is/are going to”? I am an ESL teacher in Thailand at a business college. I have been plagued with the ...
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"I am going to have to", "I have to", and "I will have to"

What is the difference between these two: I am going to have to see you sometime. I have to see you sometime. When would you use the first one? On that note, how is . . . I will have to see you ...
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"Going to go" vs "going to"

1) I am going to go watch a game. 2) I am going to a game. 3) I am going to golf. 4) I am going to go golfing. What are the differences and similarities between and among sentences 1,2,...
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What's the difference between "he's going to start walking" and "he's going to walk"? [closed]

What's the difference between "he's going to start walking" and "he's going to walk"? Are there any shades of meaning here?
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"Will" vs. "going to" vs. Present Continious [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “The train will leave” vs. “is going to leave” vs. “leaves” vs. “is leaving” Here are three sentences: David is going to ...
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"rain was coming till tomorrow"

I am asking this question on behalf of a friend of mine. Do tell me, can and when or why can we use past form when we predict something in the future. I agree the phrase is not full. Anyway, the ...
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The real tense of "I'm going to be talking about"

I just listened to a video in which the speaker said "I'm going to be talking about....". Can we change that to "I'm going to talk about..."?
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"Will graduate" vs. "will be graduated" vs. "is going to graduate"

Which of the following sentences are correct? He will graduate in May. He will be graduated in May. He is going to graduate in May. Issue 1: Is the second one grammatical? Issue 2: There ...
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"... is about to ..." vs. "... is going to ..."

I found that is about to is used in the following sentence of the news article titled “Tech belt sees hiring surge” in The Boston Globe. “The company is about to go on a hiring spree, from ...
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"will you be going home" vs. "will you go home"

What's the difference between saying; Will you be going home this summer? Will you go home this summer? Are there any differences between these in written or spoken English?
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"I was going to be called Kate if I was a girl"

This is an excerpt from a grammar book by Longman. It was discussing tense and time distinctions and the excerpt is about future time. As you can see in the next example, the reference can be to a ...
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"Will" and "Going To". What are the real differences of the colloquial usage of them?

I'm from Brasil and here we study the differences of using "Will" and "Going to" to talk about the future. But it is usually very confusing because we have a different kind of conjugation that uses no ...
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Meaning of sentence with 'would'

The sentence is: What would the people eat? Can it mean "What are the people going to eat?" in future Or, "What were the people going to eat?" talking about future from past Or, both?
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"I am going to bed" vs. "I will be going to bed"

What is the difference between saying the following? I am going to bed in a few minutes. I will be going to bed in a few minutes. Or I will be getting off here. Or, I guess, I will be getting off ...
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Will be going to get engaged

Is it okay to say: He will be going to get engaged to his ex-girl friend. Is there a better of saying this?
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Shorter version of "is going to be"

I've just read question: Alternative to "is going to be" I got similar problem, but in my case I need to describe something that might happen in the future. The sentence is "Project ...
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"The train will leave" vs. "is going to leave" vs. "leaves" vs. "is leaving"

From the grammatical point of view all are correct, just the meaning are different, please bring your clarification, thank you. The Train will leave at 10:00 tomorrow morning. The Train is ...
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Alternative to "is going to be"

I want to find a synonym to "is going to be" in a sentence like: "X is going to be outdated after Y joins X". I could have chosen "will be", but I want something more incisive, and less "in the ...
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Present Continuous or Present Simple in a Meeting

Which one of the following should be used if I am asking about an event or a meeting: Are we meeting today? Do we have a meeting today? Are we going to have a meeting today? Are we going ...
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Is it appropriate to omit "will not be"?

Often, someone will say: I'm not living in a senior's home! When the intended meaning is: I will not be living in a senior's home! Is this acceptable?
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