Talking About The Future: Will vs. Be Going to

Learn the Difference Between Will vs. Be Going to in English with grammar rules and examples.

Differences Between Will vs. Be Going to

When to use WILL

  • Express future actions decided at the moment of speaking (Immediate Decisions)

I‘ll have salad now.

  • Express a prediction based on personal opinions or experiences (Predictions without Evidence)

I think United will win the game.

  • A future fact

The sun will rise tomorrow.

  • To make a promise, an offer, a threat or refusal

A promise

I promise I won’t tell anyone you broke the window.

An offer

I‘ll take you to the airport tomorrow.

A threat

I‘ll tell your parents what you did.

A refusal

No, I won’t cook your dinner, you can cook it yourself.

When to use BE GOING TO

  • Express future plans decided before the moment of speaking (Prior Plans)

I’m going to visit my aunt next Friday.

  • Express a prediction based on present evidence (Predictions with Evidence)

Look at those black clouds. It is going to rain.

  • Something is about to happen

Get back! The bomb is going to explode.


Both Will and Be Going to can be used for making future predictions without having a real difference in meaning
I think it will be foggy tomorrow. = I think it is going to be foggy tomorrow.

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Ahmad Talha Ansari
Ahmad Talha Ansari
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