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    will vs. going to

    Hi there,

    Sometimes I have probelms in deciding wether I should use will or going to, e.g:

    I'm sure the doctor is going to / will (?) cure the sick man
    I have won 100.000 in the lottery. I'll buy / going to buy a new car

    In the case one of the options is not right, could you please explain why?

    Thanks

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    Re: will vs. going to

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    Hi there,

    Sometimes I have probelms in deciding wether I should use will or going to, e.g:

    I'm sure the doctor is going to / will (?) cure the sick man
    I have won €100.000 in the lottery. I'll buy / going to buy a new car

    In the case one of the options is not right, could you please explain why?

    Thanks
    I'm going to buy a car.You have already decided to buy a car and it is certain.
    I will buy a car. Indicates a strong intention but not decided.
    For further detailed explanation,see-bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/leatnitv213.shtml
    Regards,
    rj1948.
    Last edited by rj1948; 10-Jun-2008 at 18:20.

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    Re: will vs. going to

    (not a teacher, but UK native)
    They are slightly different. These are subtle shades of interpretation, and I'm sure that many would argue that they are interchangeable.

    I would tend to say "I am going to do something" to express intent, e.g. "I'm going to buy a new car".
    I would tend to use "will" if I was going to make a conditional statement, e.g. "I will buy a new car if I win 10,000 on the lottery"

    I'm sure the doctor is going to cure the sick man. (The doctor intends to cure him).
    I'm sure the doctor will cure the sick man. (Sure the doctor will succeed).

    Also, perhaps someone else can help here? Is there an element of continuous action versus instantaneous events? For example:
    I'm sure the doctor is going to cure the sick man. (The doctor will spend time in the process of curing him).
    I'm sure the doctor will cure the sick man. (At a single point in time the man will be cured). Not too sure about this point though, perhaps a teacher can help.


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    Re: will vs. going to

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    Hi there,

    Sometimes I have probelms in deciding wether I should use will or going to, e.g:

    I'm sure the doctor is going to / will (?) cure the sick man
    I have won 100.000 in the lottery. I'll buy / going to buy a new car

    In the case one of the options is not right, could you please explain why?

    Thanks
    Both 'is going to cure' and 'will cure' serve to express prediction in this sentence. 'Is going to cure' suggests that the predition is based on the current state of things (for example, the patient looks better today than he did yesterday), while 'will cure' implies that the predction is based on some past experience (for example, 'This doctor is known to have cured a lot of people')

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