3. I'll go with you

Importante

In this section we are going to study the difference in use between the future forms that we have already studied. Look at this table where you have a summary of the differences between WILL and GOING TO: 

 

DIFFERENCE IN FORM 
  WILL FUTURE  GOING TO FUTURE
AFFIRMATIVE  I will study for my test tomorrow.  She is going to pay with a credit card.
NEGATIVE I won't study for my test tomorrow.  She isn't going to pay with a credit card. 
QUESTIONS Will she study for her test tomorrow? Is she going to pay with a credit card?
SHORT ANSWERS Yes, she will  // No she won't  Yes, she is // No she isn't

 

 

 

 

DIFFERENCE IN USE 
                         WILL FUTURE                          GOING TO FUTURE    

Decisions made at the time of speaking:

"Tony phoned you yesterday" - " Oh, really! I'll phone him back!" 

(Tony te llamó ayer - Ah si?. Le llamaré!) 

 

 A plan or intention

"Tony phoned you yesterday" - "Yes, I know. I'm going to phone him back later". 

(Tony te llamó ayer - Sí, lo sé. Le voy a llamar después) 

 

 A prediction based on an opinion

I think the weather will be nice later

(Creo que el tiempo mejorará después)

 A prediction based on what's happening at present.

 

I feel terrible. I'm going to be sick

(Me encuetro fatal. Me voy a poner enfermo)

 

 Promises

I promise I'll study more for the next test.

(Prometo que estudiaré más para el próximo examen)

 

An offer

That bag is heavy. I'll carry it!

(Esa bolsa pesa. La llevaré yo)

 

 

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Reading activity

 

When Paco got on the touristic bus, he sat next to a tall blond young man who was sitting on his own. He was about 25 years old and seemed to be very cheerful and friendly.

Paco was holding a brochure which suddenly fell on the floor. The young man offered his help quickly.

YOUNG MAN: I'll take it. Here you are.

PACO: Thank you.

YOUNG MAN: Is it your first time in Dublin?

PACO: Yes. Actually, this is my first day. I'm going to stay here for a few days. And you?

YOUNG MAN: Me too. I'm visiting Europe and I'm going to visit Dublin this week. Maybe we could go to some places together. What do you think?

PACO: Why not?

YOUNG MAN: I would also like to have a drink in Temple Bar. I think it will be really nice. By the way, what are you doing tonight? I'm going to have dinner in a pub in town. Would you like to come?

PACO: Hmm... OK. I'll go with you. Here's my phone number.

YOUNG MAN: Great! I promise I will call you as soon as I arrive at my hotel.

PACO: Do you think it will rain tonight?

YOUNG MAN: Look at the sky. It's not going to rain.

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Identify all the examples of future forms that you can find in the text:

Self-Assessment activity

Read the text again and decide if the following statements are true or false:

Pregunta 1

1. The young man was very kind.

Sugerencia

Pregunta 2

2. Paco suggests meeting that night for dinner.

Sugerencia

Pregunta 3

3. The man thinks it might rain although it is not likely.

Sugerencia

Solved exercise

Study the following examples from the text:

 

1. I'll take it.

2. I'm going to stay here for a few days.

3. I think it will be really nice.

Lluvia en Dublin
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4. OK. I'll go with you.

5. I promise I will call you as soon as I arrive at my hotel.

6. Look at the sky. It's not going to rain.

Match the sentences above with one of the following uses:

a. A promise.

b. A plan or intention.

c. A prediction based on opinion.

d. A prediction based on what is happening.

e. An offer.

f. A decision made at the moment of speaking.

Self-Assessment activity

Pregunta

Choose the correct option: 'will' or 'be going to'.

1.Look at the baby's face. He _______________ cry.

Respuestas

a) will

b) is going to

Retroalimentación

Pregunta

2. -I don't understand my Maths homework. - I ____________help you.

Respuestas

a) will

b) am going to

Retroalimentación

Pregunta

3. Could you lend me 20€, please? I promise I _______ give them back tomorrow.

Respuestas

a) will

b) am going to

Retroalimentación

Pregunta

4. What are your plans? What _________________ do?

Respuestas

a) will you

b) are you going to

Retroalimentación

Pregunta

5. I've put on weight recently. I think I _____________ go on a diet.

Respuestas

a) will

b) am going to

Retroalimentación

Further knowledge

Practice the difference between 'will' and 'going to' by doing these exercises:

Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 3

Let's continue in the next section!