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    Question I really have no idea about this!

    ---I feel cold and ache all over. I think I_____ be sick.
    ---That's too bad.

    A. am going to B. am about to C. will D. am to

    Could you tell me what you would say on such an occasion, as a native speaker? And one more bothering question, what on earth are the differences among them?

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    Default Re: I really have no idea about this!

    'A' is used for future fulfilment of the present, for the future result of a present cause. In predictions, we use be going to when we have outside evidence for what we say. I have the symptoms that betoken my sickness in the future.

    'B' is used when you are intending to do something very soon.

    'C' is used to talk about what is going to happen in the future, especially things that you are certain about or things that are planned.

    'D' is used for official plans and arrangements, fate, precondition, and order.

    I would go for A, but I think C is not incorrect either.

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    Default Re: I really have no idea about this!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    'A' is used for future fulfilment of the present, for the future result of a present cause. In predictions, we use be going to when we have outside evidence for what we say. I have the symptoms that betoken my sickness in the future.

    'B' is used when you are intending to do something very soon.

    'C' is used to talk about what is going to happen in the future, especially things that you are certain about or things that are planned.

    'D' is used for official plans and arrangements, fate, precondition, and order.

    I would go for A, but I think C is not incorrect either.

    It's a great help to me. Many thanks!

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    Default Re: I really have no idea about this!

    B would also be correct if 'sick' meant 'vomit'.

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