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    #1

    Will or Going To ???

    Which one is correct...

    I think, she is a good girl and she WILL help you when you need help
    .

    I think, she is a good girl and she IS GOING TO help you when you need help.

    Assuming that the speaker has positive previous experiences / impression about the girl, the speaker is making a prediction basing on proofs / information. From this perspecive, it seems "going to future" is the right option.

    However, if the speaker is making this statement basing on his personal, subjective point of view / ideas, "simple future" seems as the better option. Because, this makes the prediction one, which doesn't base on proofs / information.

    What is your idea ????

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    #2

    Re: Will or Going To ???

    If the speaker is making a prediction based on current events you should use ' going to ', otherwise if the speaker is basing his judgement on what he believes to be true about the future, you should use ' will '.
    Is the comma really necessary by the way?

    I'm not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Will or Going To ???

    Quote Originally Posted by HugoJ View Post
    If the speaker is making a prediction based on current events you should use ' going to ', otherwise if the speaker is basing his judgement on what he believes to be true about the future, you should use ' will '.
    Is the comma really necessary by the way?

    I'm not a teacher.
    Can only the current events / information be referance to "going to future" predictions? In the example, can the mentioned girl's PREVIOUS good behaviours (which make speaker believe that she is a good girl) be referance and force the statement to be as "going to future"?
    Last edited by murat guler; 30-Apr-2014 at 21:02.

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    #4

    Re: Will or Going To ???

    First, the comma is incorrect.

    Second, the information you have about her past behavior is part of the current information that you have, is it not?

    Third, I am of the opinion that most native speakers use the two forms of talking about the future interchangeably in most situations. I would probably use "will" here, but would not say someone saying "going to" is incorrect.

    If past is prologue, 5jj will now come on and link you to one of his excellent articles about expressing the future in English.

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    #5

    Re: Will or Going To ???

    Any other idea?
    Last edited by murat guler; 01-May-2014 at 10:39.

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    #6

    Re: Will or Going To ???

    In the given context I would use "will". That's not to say that "going to" is wrong, but "will" seems more natural.

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