Will or going to: grammar exercise

February 4, 2013pdf

Complete the following sentences using appropriate future forms.

In English, we use several different forms to talk about future events. The forms with ‘will’ are mainly used to talk about your promises and willingness to do something. They are also used to make simple predictions and show your reactions to something that was just said.

Use going to to talk about planned future events or events that you see is about to happen. In some cases, either could be used.

Complete the following sentences with will or going to.

1. I can’t lift this box. OK. I ………………………. help you. (will / am going to)

2. I don’t think that she ………………………….. recognize me. (will / is going to)

3. Careful! You ……………………….. fall. (will / are going to)

4. She …………………………….. graduate next year. (will / is going to)

5. The flight ………………………….. at 9 pm. (departs / will depart)

6. I ……………………………. meet your dad tomorrow afternoon. (will / am going to)

7. He is very hard-working. I think he ……………………………….. be very successful. (will / is going to)

8. ………………………….. marry me? (Will you / Are you going to)

9. Who do you think ……………………………….. win the championship? (will / is going to)

10. I …………………………… to America next month. (am flying / will fly)

Answers

1. OK. I will help you. (We use will to show our reactions to something we were just told.)

2. I don’t think that she will recognize me. (To make simple predictions about the future, we use will.)

3. Careful! You are going to fall. (If there is external evidence we use ‘going to’ to make future predictions.)

4. She is going to / will graduate next year.

5. The flight departs at 9 pm. (To talk about time-tabled future events, we use simple present tense.)

6. I’m going to meet your dad tomorrow afternoon.

7. He is very hard-working. I think he will be very successful.

8. Will you marry me?

9. Who do you think will win the championship?

10. I’m flying to America next month.

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