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    Hello,

    In which of these sentences is it possible to use either future simple, be going to or present continuous for future? if I don't know anything about a person's plans what form (future simple, be going to, or present continuous for future) should I use?

    1.I will play chess tomorrw.

    2.I will not play chess tomorrow.

    3.Will you play chess tomorrow.

    4.Nick will go/ goes to school tomorrow.

    5.Will you come to my place next Sunday?

    6.Will you read this book next week?

    7.I will not see/I am not going to see /I am not seeing him tomorrow.

    8.What will you do tomorrow?

    9.What your friend will do tomorrow?

    10.Where will you go next summer?

    11.Mary is dancing. Will she dance tomorrow?

    12.Will you help your mother tomorrrow?

    13.They will not take care of the garden next summer.

    14.Will your brother go to the exhibition next Sunday?

    15.We will go to Paris the day after tomorrow.

    16.What will you do in the country next summer?

    17.When will you finish your homework?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    In which of these sentences is it possible to use either future simple, be going to or present continuous for future? if I don't know anything about a person's plans what form (future simple, be going to, or present continuous for future) should I use?
    In all of them, you, the speaker, decide in which way you wish to express the future. You can use any form that expresses what you want to say.

    Ways of Expressing the Future in English
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    And I can use any form in questions too whether I know about somebody's plans or not?

    For example,
    Are you coming to the party?
    Are you going to come to the party?
    Will you come to the party?



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    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    And I can use any form in questions too whether I know about somebody's plans or not? If you knew about their plans, you wouldn't be asking the question, would you?

    For example,
    Are you coming to the party? ...You are asking if the other person has arranged (possibly in his/her own mind) to come...
    Are you going to come to the party? You are asking if there is present evidence of his/her future coming to the party, i.e., a plan, intention or arrangement.
    Will you come to the party? You may be inviting the other person.
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    What made me ask a question about 'are you coming to the party?' and 'are you going to come to the party?' is that some native speakers say there is no difference between them .
    Yes, if I know about it I wouldn't ask, but sometimes I have to do that in a test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    What made me ask a question about 'are you coming to the party?' and 'are you going to come to the party?' is that some native speakers say there is no difference between them
    In practical terms, there is often little difference, as I pointed out in the notes to which I gave you a link.

    There is, however, a big difference between 'Is it raining?' and 'Is it going to rain?'.
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    Thanks, I see :).

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