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    #1

    will or going to?

    3-She .......................when she graduates
    a) will get married
    b) is going to get married
    c) is getting married


    I may prefer is going to'

    What about you?

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    Re: will or going to?

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    3-She .......................when she graduates
    a) will get married
    b) is going to get married
    c) is getting married


    I may prefer is going to'

    What about you?
    This type of question has been appearing in a lot of threads recently and I still stick to my answer that generally "will" and "going to" are interchangeable. I think both a) and b) make sense.

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    #3

    Re: will or going to?

    Agree w/emsr2d2, and use of present continuous/progressive for future (example "c") is OK if you state time frame e.g. "when she graduates", "tomorrow", "next week" etc.

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    Re: will or going to?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    This type of question has been appearing in a lot of threads recently and I still stick to my answer that generally "will" and "going to" are interchangeable. I think both a) and b) make sense.

    What happens when we are obliged to choose one in an exercice?
    Sometimes it is really tricky. Context is not usually given, one never knows if the girl has decided it right now, while speaking with a friend; or if she has deeply thought of it beforehand.


    How to decide it rightly in a text?


    Thank you

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    Re: will or going to?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Agree w/emsr2d2, and use of present continuous/progressive for future (example "c") is OK if you state time frame e.g. "when she graduates", "tomorrow", "next week" etc.

    C ? is it not just a mere plan? nothing set yet.

    Again, lack of context.

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    Re: will or going to?

    Yes. Context is important in many of these posts and without it the best you can do here or in an exercise is to infer the meaning.

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    #7

    Re: will or going to?

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    C ? is it not just a mere plan? nothing set yet.

    Again, lack of context.
    You'd use "going to" to express future intentions or plans. "Will" is used in immediate decisions or promises. It's not clear in this sentence, but taking into account what I've just written I'd choose "going to" if I had to.

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    Re: will or going to?

    Quote Originally Posted by MASM View Post
    You'd use "going to" to express future intentions or plans. "Will" is used in immediate decisions or promises. It's not clear in this sentence, but taking into account what I've just written I'd choose "going to" if I had to.
    I agree with you.
    First, emsr2d2 said a) and b) were interchangeable. Right. Look up at my first post. It could be a possibility.
    Afterwards, billmcd suggested c) which really struck me - second post.

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    #9

    Re: will or going to?

    Yes, that's because present continuous can express future arrangements too.

    To me, "She is getting married" is fine (the marriage is arranged), yet the second part of the sentence sounds strange "when she graduates" with the present continuous..I'd use "She's getting married next year" maybe.

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    #10

    Re: will or going to?

    ----- I am not an ESL teacher anymore -----

    I can see this is a controversial question.
    I agree any of the three answers could be correct.

    But I would like to register that if I were to choose only one, I would choose C.
    I don't know why but that is the one which sounds most natural to me.

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