Will and Going to: what is the difference?
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What is the difference between will and going to?
To put it simply, we use ‘be going to’ + infinitive verb to evoke an intention to do something when a decision has already been made as we speak.
When the decision is made immediately, we use will. Will is also stronger than going to (will is used to make a promise, for example).
Compare the following examples:
- I need the car. I’m going to visit Uncle Paul.
- She’ll tell you why she did it.
We also use Be going to to predict something from what we see or know. With Will, the prediction is more abstract:
- Look at this kid with his skateboard. I’m sure he’s going to fall.
- She’s going to have a baby. Her belly is really big.
- Be careful! You’re going to drop thos glasses.
- It’s going to rain.
That said, sometimes there is not much difference between will and going to and you can use either one or the other:
- I think the weather will be nice tomorrow morning. = I think the weather is going to be nice tomorrow morning.