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    Hello everybody,

    This is my first post. I did the TEFL course nearly 20 years ago, taught for a while and havenīt done so for now for several years, now Iīm doing it again and quite enjoying it but Iīm a bit rusty, so my first question is:

    The best way....less complicated way to describe the difference between the future with "will" and the future with "be going to".

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    Annie

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    On a simplistic basis, 'going to' is for things we plan or intend to do and 'will' is for when we decide now, things that are outside our control and things like promises, invitations, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anniebee View Post
    Hello everybody,

    This is my first post. I did the TEFL course nearly 20 years ago, taught for a while and havenīt done so for now for several years, now Iīm doing it again and quite enjoying it but Iīm a bit rusty, so my first question is:

    The best way....less complicated way to describe the difference between the future with "will" and the future with "be going to".

    Thanks

    Annie
    Have a look at English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy (Units 19-25) for intermediate students.

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    Thank you TDOL nice and simple way to basically describe it.

    Harry.......The Raymond Murphy book, I think Iīve heard of that, does he have a book of exercieses that are very good??

    I have Practical English Usage by Michael Swan and Practical English Grammar by A Thomson and A Martinet, but they are both probably a bit dated, do you think??? I have another question but Iīll do a separate post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anniebee View Post
    Thank you TDOL nice and simple way to basically describe it.

    Harry.......The Raymond Murphy book, I think Iīve heard of that, does he have a book of exercieses that are very good??

    I have Practical English Usage by Michael Swan and Practical English Grammar by A Thomson and A Martinet, but they are both probably a bit dated, do you think??? I have another question but Iīll do a separate post.

    Thanks

    Annie
    I just didn't wan't to repeat what Tdol said. There are some units which directly answer your question. I've got Michael Swan's Practical English Usage But Raymond Murphy has exercises too in his book.

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    Thanking you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anniebee View Post
    Thanking you.
    You are welcome!

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    Michael Swan did a major update to Practical English Usage a few years ago, and expended it considerably. If you have the older edition, I'd recommend getting the new one- I think it's very good.

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    I've got the fully revised new edition and it helps me a lot in my teaching.

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    I think I should invest in an updated version then.
    I found that in some examples of "will" and "going to" in the future simple there was such a fine line and to me they both sounded ok, difficult to explain sometimes WHY itīs one or the other, but as I mentioned in my first post I am actually enjoying it this time round.

    Annie

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