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    Will and Be going to

    Hallo.
    I have a doubt on the use of the different forms to express the future ant I hope you can help me.
    I give private lessons to Italian students at Secondary School level. While doing a "fill in the gaps"exercise on the future I suggested the following answers:
    Sentence 1)
    - There's a hole in your sock. Change it and I WILLL mend it in the afternoon. ("will" because I understood it was a decision taken in that very moment)
    Sentence 2)
    - I have noticed there is a hole in your pullover. I AM GOING TO mend it in the afternoon ("going to" as it expressed my intention to mend it and a decision taken before the moment of speaking).
    Are these sentences correct? Can "I AM MENDING" be used instead, as "in the afternoon" suggests a "fixed plan in the near future" for which the Present continuous is required?
    Another sentence made me doubt:
    "Look at those black clouds. I think _______________ rain."
    I would use the "be going to future" as this is a deduction based on what I see. However some grammar books suggest to use the WILL future with the verb "TO THINK". Can I have your opinion?
    Many thanks in advance for your help.

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    Re: Will and Be going to

    Quote Originally Posted by clicla View Post
    1) There's a hole in your sock. Change it and I WILLL mend (it in the) this afternoon. ("will" because I understood it was a decision taken in that very moment) Fine

    Sentence 2)
    - I have noticed there is a hole in your pullover. I AM GOING TO mend it in the afternoon ("going to" as it expressed my intention to mend it and a decision taken before the moment of speaking). Fine

    Are these sentences correct? Can "I AM MENDING" be used instead, as "in the afternoon" suggests a "fixed plan in the near future" for which the Present continuous is required? Used this way, it is very similar to 'BE+going+to'

    Another sentence made me doubt:
    "Look at those black clouds. I think _______________ rain."
    I would use the "be going to future" as this is a deduction based on what I see. Fine

    However some grammar books suggest to use using the WILL future with the verb "TO THINK". Can I have your opinion?
    Both ways of expressing the future are possible in this sentence, and there is little real difference in meaning, in my opinion.
    You may find this helpful:
    Ways of Expressing the Future in English


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    Re: Will and Be going to

    Thanks a lot for your help and corrections.
    Just one more question:
    Do you mean that "I am mending it this afternoon" can only replace the "be going to" in the second sentence or could it also be an alternative to the "Will" in the first one?

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    Re: Will and Be going to

    Quote Originally Posted by clicla View Post
    Thanks a lot for your help and corrections.
    Just one more question:
    Do you mean that "I am mending it this afternoon" can only replace the "be going to" in the second sentence Yes. or could it also be an alternative to the "Will" in the first one? No.
    Bhai.

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    Re: Will and Be going to

    Thanks Bhai.
    That's what I thought, but I just wanted to make sure.

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