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Will you or won't
Lesson Topic: Future Tense
Using "Will" And "Be Going To"
Question: You are going out for lunch. You
hear your boss saying that his shirt is ready at the dry cleaner's.
You are a really faithful, helpful, and loyal employee. What do you
- I'm going to pick it up for you.
- I'll pick it up for you.
- Pick it up yourself! You, lazy bum!
C is a great
answer if you want to get fired. If you don't want to get fired, we
strongly recommend one of the others.
If you chose not to get fired, you are considering A
and B. Which
one is possible? Which one is best? Which one is usually said by
a native speaker?
and B are
possible, but one is
more common for a native speaker. Though will
going to mean almost the same thing and are
interchangeable sometimes, there are some situations when one is used more
than the other.
if I get 100 on my math test, will you take me out for ice
I'll take you out for ice cream. I promise.
Offers to help
lost my ring
problem. I'll help you find it.
Request for help
need to change the oil in my car. Will you help me?
course, I'll help you.
is even more polite in requests for help.
need to change the oil in my car. Are you going to help me?
is considered impolite.
Predictions about the
statisticians predict that there will be10 billion people in the
world by 2050.
think they are right. I heard there won't be enough food
in the world for everyone.
is often used in predictions, but be going to is also
used and acceptable.
Refusal of things
can't open this bottle of wine.
The cork won't come out.
Be Going To
State a plan or
are you going to do this summer?
am going to travel across Europe. I am going to see
everything from the Eiffel Tower to the Coliseum in
Back To The Quiz At The
Using the information we just
learned about will and
be going to,
what is the answer to the quiz at the top of this lesson? The
situation is an offer to help. Offers to help usually use will.
Therefore, the answer is B.
A is not wrong,
but B is a
little more common.
Directions: Look at the
following sentences. Rewrite the sentences in
blue using will
or the correct form
of be going to.
1. My radio is
broken. You (fix)
it for me?
2. I have a two-week
vacation in August.
I (fly) to Vietnam.
My car ran out of* gas. It
out of=used up all of (so there is no more)
4. My supervisor is a
really nice guy. He promised me a big bonus this year. He
promised me that he (give) me $2500 if we increase sales by 10%.
5. You spilled the
milk. I (clean) it