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    Hello friends from all the world.

    I am a bit confifused about the use of : about to, going to, will.

    Would you please explain to me grammatically in details what's the differecen.

    I would appreciate enriching them by exmaples.

    Thank yo in advance and looking forward to know your reply.

    Best regards,
    Rana

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    Hello, shining truth.

    about to
    Ex: I am about to fall asleep. I am not asleep yet, but I definitely will be in a second or two.

    going to
    I am going to sleep in tomorrow. That's my plan. If it doesn't happen and I wake up early, well then, it doesn't happen. It's a plan.

    will
    I will call in sick tomorrow. It's not a plan, no. It's something I will definitely do. I am 100% sure of it.

    Does that help so far?

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    Default Re: about to, going to, will

    be about to = be on the point of - I am about to go to bed.

    be going to (be/do) = used to express a future tense for engaging in a specified activity - I am going to bed

    will =
    expressing the future tense with a strong intention or assertion about the future - I will go to bed

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    Obviously the moderators are tired.

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    zzzzzzzzzz

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    Default Re: about to, going to, will

    Dear Friends,

    Thank a ot of your kind attention and cooperation extended to me.

    Best regards,
    Rana

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    You're most welcome.

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    And don't forget that useful Southern expression, "fixing to." As my friend Jan said, it refers to the period when you have decided on a course of action, but have not yet begun to act.

    "I'm fixing to make a pot of coffee. Would you like a cup?"

    "I'm fixing to slap you upside the head if you don't turn that music down!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    And don't forget that useful Southern expression, "fixing to." As my friend Jan said, it refers to the period when you have decided on a course of action, but have not yet begun to act.
    Nice addition. How would these differ?

    fixing to
    getting ready to
    going to

    They're distinct, but their semantics are woven fuzzy somewhat, wouldn't you agree?

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    Very fuzzy. I was mostly trying to be funny---one is always getting those email quizzes about "Do You Speak Southern?" I just want to make sure my region is represented for all these English students :)

    "Fixing to" can actually have a fairly broad range of possible time. You could replace it with either "getting ready to" or "going to," but in my mind at least, its meaning is closer to the former.

    "We're fixing to drive the minivan out to the Grand Canyon next month, so I need to get that transmission looked at." There's still a certain sense of imminence - wow, that trip will be here before we know it, better check out the engine.

    And "fixing" isn't as long-range as "going." You wouldn't say, "John is fixing to marry Nelly after he finishes his two-year Navy tour of duty."

    Immediacy, of course, can be heightened with "just" -- "I'm just fixing to walk out the door, Mama. Can I call you back?"

    Really, "going to" is the most versatile of all these combinations. Everything from "The sun is going to burn out, and all life on Earth will cease" to "Pull over, I'm going to throw up."
    Last edited by Delmobile; 11-Jun-2007 at 00:32.

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