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  • Countryman
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    31 January, 2010 at 23:40
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    Can anyone suggest a ccq that will indicate the difference between will and going to? I’m sure that the answer is obvious, but my brain is starting to hurt thinking about it!

    dan
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    2 February, 2010 at 21:55
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    Hi countryman

    If you’re talking about the difference between "will" and "going to" to talk about future plans, the tendency is for "will" to be used for decisions made at the moment of speaking, and for "going to" to be used for decisions made before the moment of speaking.

    For example:

    Gill: "I’m going to visit John tomorrow".
    Mary: "I’ll come with you".

    You’ll need the same questions for Gill and Mary – something like:

    – Does Gill plan to visit John? (Yes)
    – Did she make the plan now or before? (Before)

    – Does Mary plan to visit John? (Yes)
    – Did she make the plan now or before? (Now)

    Hope that helps

    Dan

    Countryman
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    10 February, 2010 at 23:14
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    Dan,

    Many thanks

    Ian

    dltc
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    11 February, 2010 at 19:41
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    Here’s a little activity that helps you and your students check whether or not they have the right ideas on ‘will’ ‘going to’ as you describe here. You can adapt depending on level.

    Get them to fill out a diary plan for the weekend/week coming up – listing all the things that they have planned to do at their particular times. Make sure they leave some times free in their diary. You can get them to work in pairs or otherwise asking each other what their plans are "on Saturday at 2pm" for example. If they have something planned, they say "I’m going to go/be/visit etc"). If they have nothing planned, you can say something like "ok I have two tickets to the football and two tickets for the cinema. Which would you like to go to? Decide now." This to elicit the response "ok, I’ll go to the cinema".

    Hope this helps.

    Bob


    Bob Golden Director of Studies DLTC Language School Dublin Ireland http://www.dltc.ie

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