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will and be goning to do you often consciously use will or be going to ? what is difference between will and be goning to?
Dec 3, 2008 4:07 PM
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They both denote FUTURE happenings. BUT Will is used when we decide something at the time of speaking. EX: Let's go to the park. I will call Ted and ask him to meet us. Be going to is used when you have already decided to do something. EX: The tickets are on sale. I'm going to reserve one.
December 4, 2008
there's not that much difference. a lot of americans shorten "I'm going to" into "I'm gonna" by effectively dropping the last syllable. in writing, i advise using "will". formal writing prefers will. also, will is shorter than to be going to, and shorter sentences are more clear. clarity is a virtue in writing. there's a more interesting difference between will and shall. according to the Elements of Style by W. Strunk & E.B. White "In formal writing, the future tense requires shall for the first person, will for the second and third. the formula to express the speaker's belief regarding a future action or state is I shall; I will expresses determination or consent. A swimming in distress cries, "I shall drown; no one will save me!" A suicide puts it the other way: "I will drown; no one shall save me!" In relaxed speech, however, the words shall and will are seldom used precisely; our ear guides us or fails to guide us, as the case may be, and we are quite likely to drown when we want to survive and survive when we want to drown."
December 4, 2008
Hi a-chana Most of the time they are interchangeable, but often one is more appropriate than the other - native speakers will generally use the right one automatically and use verbal emphasis to convey additional, specific meaning. There is a useful web page that shows differences between them here : http://www.myenglishteacher.net/willandbegoingtolesson.html
December 3, 2008
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