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    Going to / Will

    My English textbook has question that I don't understand why they choose the correct answer -

    (correct) There's a strike at the airport so we're going to take a train.
    (not correct) There's a strike at the airport so we'll take a train.

    Why did they choose the first sentence?
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    Re: Going to / Will

    Quote Originally Posted by uniopp View Post
    (correct) There's a strike at the airport so we're going to take a train.
    (not correct) There's a strike at the airport so we'll take a train.

    Why did they choose the first sentence?
    Because they have probably given some artificial rule and then think that every sentence referring to the future should conform to it.

    Both of these sentences are possible.

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    Re: Going to / Will

    Quote Originally Posted by uniopp View Post
    My English textbook has question that I don't understand why they choose the correct answer -

    (correct) There's a strike at the airport so we're going to take a train.
    (not correct) There's a strike at the airport so we'll take a train.

    Why did they choose the first sentence?
    Thanks.
    They are interchangeable in most cases. However, sometimes we may feel the difference between them. For example:
    Stop,stop! We're going to hit the tree. I won't use "will" here.
    When you use "be going to", it indicates something that has already started its movement like a rolling stone.

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    Re: Going to / Will

    Quote Originally Posted by henz988 View Post
    When you use "be going to", it indicates something that has already started its movement like a rolling stone.
    Yes, but the starting may be just in the speaker's mind.

    Sam always drinks too much when he goes to the pub, and then insists on driving home. He's going to have an accident one day.

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