Be used to
Few and Little
Get Used To
Have and Have Got
Lend and Borrow
Past Perfect Continuous
Past Perfect Simple
Present Perfect Continuous
Present Perfect Simple
Say and Tell
Small and Little
So and Such
Too and Enough
Will and Going to
will + verb
am / is / are + going to + verb
will not / won't + verb
am / is / are not + going to + verb
(See the phonemic chart for IPA symbols used below)
Teaching will: first I show a picture of a fortune teller and ask students what people usually want to know
about their future, next I elicit from students how a fortune teller predicts something in the future.
Example: You will marry a very rich man. You will experience a great loss. You will be rich, etc...
Teaching (be) going to: first I show a picture of a man who won the lottery. Then I show a picture of a reporter who will interview him. The reporter wants to know how he will spend his money in the future. I ask students the questions that a reporter might ask, then elicit how the winner would answer the questions. Example: "I am going to set up my own business." "I am going to live in hollywood", etc.
Is all this underlying the difference between "going to" and "will" not a bit of a hair splitting? Let's
look at the sentence mentioned in the examples above: "I am going to meet
him"... Does "I will meet him" not equally imply that my meeting him was decided
before it was announced? I find it hard to believe that the decision "to meet
him" is being arrived at exactly at the moment the announcement is made and I
find it yet harder to believe that "I will meet him" means that the decision to
do so is not yet arrived at the moment of the announcement. Are my doubts
reasonable? Would be a serious oversimplification if both forms were used
interchangeably? Would our students not be better of and less confused?
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