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Future tense

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Transcript of Future tense

Future tense
Simple future has two different forms:
will
Although the two forms can sometimes be used interchangeably, they often express two very different meanings.
Both "will" and "be going to" refer to a specific time in the future.
Form
will
Will
Use for...
be going to
will + verb
Form
be going to
am/is/are + going to + verb
Examples
Examples
You will help him later.
Will you help him later?
You will not help him later.
You are going to meet Jane tonight.
Are you going to meet Jane tonight?
You are not going to meet Jane tonight.
Use for...
To express a voluntary action
A voluntary action is one the speaker offers to do for someone else.
Example
I will translate the email, so Mr. Smith can read it.
Will you help me move this heavy table?
I won't do all the housework myself!
A: I'm really hungry.
B: I'll make some sandwiches.
To express a promise
Example
I will call you when I arrive.
I promise I will not tell him about the surprise party.
Don't worry, I'll be careful.
I won't tell anyone your secret.
be going to
To express a plan
It expresses the idea that a person intends to do something in the future. It does not matter whether the plan is realistic or not.
Example
He is going to spend his vacation in Hawaii.
She is not going to spend her vacation in Hawaii.
When are we going to meet each other tonight?
I'm going to be an actor when I grow up.
Use for...
will
be going to
To express a prediction
Predictions are guesses about what might happen in the future.
Example
The year 2222 will be a very interesting year.
The year 2222 is going to be a very interesting year.

John Smith will be the next President.
John Smith is going to be the next President.
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