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

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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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"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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When do I have to use 'will' instead of 'going to'?

Does going to only express an intention and will some kind of prediction that doesn't necessarily happen? EDIT: Thanks for all your answers. I asked this question because I always fail to complete ...
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"Going to go" vs "going to"?

My significant other tells me that I'm not "going to go" to the shops, I'm "going to" the shops, and beats me mercilessly when I say that. Is this not correct? I might not be going to the shops until ...
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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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"You were already having been going to do that!"

From one of the Futurama episodes: Farnsworth A: You people and your slight differences disgust me. I'm going home. Where's that blue box with our universe in it? Farnsworth 1: Oh, you'...
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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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"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" 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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Make "will have been going to go" correct

Is there a situation or question where the phrase will have been going to go is the best, most natural, or clearest response (or included in said response)? I'm asking this probably somewhat silly ...
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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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"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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"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 am gonna have to" vs. "I have to"

What is the difference between "I am gonna have to" and "I have to"? When would you use the first one? update: I am specifically asking about situations like the one described here.
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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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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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Does this ‘be going to’ have an emotional meaning?

Here is a skit from a radio English conversation program, dealing with American English. A: guest B: front desk clerk C: A's wife (at the front desk of a hotel) A: I have a reservation for a room ...
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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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About the use of future tense

Which is better: "I am not having lunch tomorrow unless I am really hungry." "I am not having lunch tomorrow unless I will be really hungry." Something else
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What are the guidelines for usage of "will" and "is/are going to"?

I use them interchangeably, however I'd like to know when one is better or more appropriate than the other.
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"I was going to" expression. How to use it correctly?

I was going to pick you tomorrow from the airport (not a big deal to me, really), but remembered that tomorrow I'll be teaching the class, which ends at 8. in above example, I am trying to say ...
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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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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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"Is someone covering/going to cover this event?"

Which one of the following is better or more correct? Is someone covering this event? Is someone going to cover this event?
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Is "am going" a verb phrase?

What part of a sentence is the phrase "am going", as in "I am going to pray"?
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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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"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 "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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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