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What are You Going to Do Today? In our daily conversation, we usually make a plan, intention, or prediction about what may happen in the future based on what is happening right now or evidence. How we can state it? In English, we can use be going to to state it.
Be going to: uses
Be going to is commonly used in informal styles.
We use be going to to talk about future plans and intentions. Usually the decision about the future plans has already been made.
- She’s going to be a professional dancer when she grows up.
- I’m going to look for a new place to live next month.
We use be going to to predict something that we think is certain to happen or which we have evidence for now:
- It’s going to snow again soon. (The speaker can probably see dark snow clouds)
- Look out! He’s going to break that glass.
We use be going to when we give commands or state that something is obligatory.
You’re going to pick up all of those toys right now. This room is a mess! (parent to a child)
Be going to or will?
Will is often used in a similar way to be going to. Will is used when we are talking about something with absolute certainty. Be going to is used when we want to emphasise our decision or the evidence in the present.
- Condition: An ‘A’ road is a main road. A ‘B’ road is a smaller road.
We are now very late so we’re going to take the ‘B’ road. (the speaker refers to the present and emphasises the decision)
- I know the ‘B’ road will be quicker at this time of day. (the speaker states a fact)
Would like is most similar to “want”. It is used to talk about future intention. But, between “be going to” and “would like” are different. “be going to” often use for plan that we think are probably going to happen. Then “would like” is used for things which are less likely to happen, impossible, or even just talking about dream or idea. Here are the examples.
- He would like to read some books today.
- If you drank the whole bottle of medicine, it would affect you very badly.
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