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WILL vs GOING TO: SOUND LIKE A NATIVE A BIT MORE


I always tell students: if you are unsure which future structure to use, you can't really go wrong with "going to." But there can be a slight difference at times:

WILL - we know this is used to talk about predictions based on analysis or judgment often spontaneously. But WILL is often used because the action has happened before:
- It will get dark soon (it always happens)
- The milk will go off soon so consume it by tomorrow (we know milk doesn't stay fresh for long)

BUT we can use "GOING TO" for the above examples, too. But is there a difference? Yes, there is! "GOING TO" may come with a warning or will happen in the immediate future:
- It's going to get dark soon so it's time to go home! (so this is no longer a fact but a warning of some sort)
- The milk is going to go off soon because it's beginning to smell (a warning to consume it now)

When w talk about the immediate future, WILL DOESN'T work here at all:
- Careful. I'm going to be sick! (I can't say: I will be sick!)
- Blin, it's 18.45 and I'm late for class. Paul is going to punish me! I can't say: Paul will punish me!)

If you said WILL for the last examples, no native would correct you but to our ears it would sound a tiny bit unnatural. 

So my friends, just something small and useful to sound more natural 🤗

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