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Future : will / be going to

WILL + infinitive without to

We use will + infinitive without to:

  • to make a prediction about the distant, uncertain future;

He will become a great engineer.

  • to offer our help to somebody or to make  a promise;

We will help you with your schoolwork.

  • to make a request;

Will you lend me your laptop ?


  • with will, we often use I think, I believe, I hope, I promise, I know ...


BE GOING TO + infinitive without to

We use be going to to express:


  • an intention;


We are going to buy a new car.



  • a prediction based on something we can observe.

It's warmer today. It is going to rain tomorrow.


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1. They watch music videos on MTV this afternoon.

2. We go to the shopping centre to see our favourite rappers.

3. Wait for me! I go with you.

4. If you visit the shopping malls, you see the influence of rap on teen style.

5. I promise I give you your favourite CD.

6. I think he win the contest next year.

7. I do my best, I promise.

8. I love America. I go there next week.

9. Have you phoned Jim? No, I forgot. I phone him later.

10. This is my last day at school here. I go back to the Algarve tomorrow.

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