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I am a student and doing a grammar class at university. I just did a e-learning mock test. Unfortunately I am struggling with the Future tense.
Talking about plans, as far as i know, I am supposed to use going to for Future plans that are made just in a person´s head. While will is only used for spontaneous actions and Present Progressive for very definite plans. But, I am not sure what to with questions. How is the questioner supposed to know how concrete the other person`s plans are?
According to my knowledge I filled in what`s marked red in the gaps:
[2 friends were sitting in a cafe, having a chat] E suddenly said, “What are you going to do(do, you) at Christmas?” “I am going to go (go) to Cornwall for a couple of weeks – to polish up my Cornish!"
This is what the university suggests:
E suddenly said, “What are you doing (do, you) at Christmas?” “I will go (go) to Cornwall for a couple of weeks – to polish up my Cornish!"
Can you please help me figuring out what I did wrong?
Thank you for your answer and it`s good to hear. Though, I makes me wonder how official university material could be wrong.
Another question: When we talk about question, how do I know which tense to use? How is the questioner supposed to know how concrete the other person`s plans are?
Sorry to bother you again, but what about the "will" in the officially suggested solution? Is it also possible? I would consider it a plan for the future and in the consequence it appears to be wrong. Could you give me your opinion on that and explain why you think so, please?
Your answer in this context is more natural than the 'official' one. It's as simple as that.
'I will go' is possible in a different context...for emphasis when somebody is trying to stop you going, for example.
Thank you both for your help!
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