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    "Will" future / Be going to

    ENGLISH TEACHER

    Context:
    One of my students is taking his final exam.
    I ask a question which he does not understand.
    I say:
    (A) Do not worry. I値l reformulate the question.
    (B) Do not worry. I知 going to reformulate the question.

    I think either alternative could work.
    (A) is surely OK (decision made at the moment of speaking / unpremeditated decision).
    (B) too is OK because my students know that I知 in the habit of reformulating questions if they don稚 understand them (premeditated decision).

    What do you think?

    Thank you.
    WW

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    #2

    Re: "Will" future / Be going to

    Usually I say there's little difference between those two, but in this case, only "I will" sounds right, unless you had previously planned to do it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "Will" future / Be going to

    I wouldn't say B) is wrong, but I am not greatly convinced by it as it's not so much the habit you're referring to but your action on this occasion.

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    Re: "Will" future / Be going to

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I wouldn't say B) is wrong, but I am not greatly convinced by it as it's not so much the habit you're referring to but your action on this occasion.
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Usually I say there's little difference between those two, but in this case, only "I will" sounds right, unless you had previously planned to do it.
    Yes, Barb, I had planned to do it. I know it's a difficult final exam for my students, so I've decided to help them throughout. This said, I believe it would be better to choose option (B). Do you agree?

    Thank you, Tdol. Do you agree with the explanation I've given above?
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    Re: "Will" future / Be going to

    It would make more sense if you said it before you asked the questions to me.

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    Re: "Will" future / Be going to

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It would make more sense if you said it before you asked the questions to me.
    I'm sorry, Tdol, I don't understand your comment. Is it just me or was I unfair to you?
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    Re: "Will" future / Be going to

    Contrary to what some texts would say, to me, A sounds like you intend to reformulate the question presently, whereas B sounds like you intend to do so at a later time.

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    Re: "Will" future / Be going to

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Contrary to what some texts would say, to me, A sounds like you intend to reformulate the question presently, whereas B sounds like you intend to do so at a later time.
    In this particular case, I agree. However, I would use 'immediately' rather then 'presently', which, to this speaker of BrE, suggests 'in a short time'.

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