Differences Between Will and Going to

In English, there are various forms are used to refer to the future. ‘Will’ and ‘going to’ are the two most common forms used in English.

will vs going to

Differences Between Will and Going to | Rule 1


Connection to Present

  • Will is used when there is no connection to the present.
  • Going to is used when there is a connection to the present.

Differences Between Will and Going to | Rule 2


Future Facts

  • Will is used with future facts or things we believe to be true.
  • Going to is not used with future facts or things we believe to be true.

Differences Between Will and Going to | Rule 3


Plans and Decisions

  • Will is used at the moment of taking a decision.
  • Going to is used to talk about a planned activity.

Differences Between Will and Going to | Rule 4


Predictions

  • Will is used to make a prediction in the far-off future.
  • Going to is used to express a prediction based on evidence in the present.

Difference Between Will and Going to | Rule 5


Miscellaneous Uses

  • Will is used to indicating promises, offers, requests or invitations.
  • Going to is not used to indicate such things.

Differences Between Will and Going to | Examples


Examples

  • I think it will be really hot tomorrow.
  • It‘s going to be really hot tomorrow.

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