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    be going to

    HI there,
    Some grammar books told us that 'be going to' is used as the decision made by the speaker at the time of speaking. Why did Obama use 'be going to' in his speech? Can we replace 'be going to' with 'will'?


    “I do not underestimate the enormity of the task that lies ahead,” Mr. Obama said, his voice slow and controlled. “Some of the choices that we make are going to be difficult. And I have said before and I will repeat again: It is not going to be quick and it is not going to be easy for us to dig ourselves out of the hole that we are in.”

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    Re: be going to

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    HI there,
    Some grammar books told us that 'be going to' is used as the decision made by the speaker at the time of speaking. Why did Obama use 'be going to' in his speech? Can we replace 'be going to' with 'will'?


    “I do not underestimate the enormity of the task that lies ahead,” Mr. Obama said, his voice slow and controlled. “Some of the choices that we make are going to be difficult. And I have said before and I will repeat again: It is not going to be quick and it is not going to be easy for us to dig ourselves out of the hole that we are in.”

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    pete
    (not a teacher)

    Mr. Obama statement is very clear & grammatically correct. He said it is not going to be easy to overcome the current economic catastrophe and also the terrorist activities.

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    Re: be going to

    Hi there,
    Tks. But you have not answered my question
    pete

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    #4

    Re: be going to

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    hi there,
    some grammar books told us that 'be going to' is used as the decision made by the speaker at the time of speaking. Why did obama use 'be going to' in his speech? Can we replace 'be going to' with 'will'?
    your grammar book is not comprehensive. Yes you could replace it with "will" and still have the same meaning.

    “i do not underestimate the enormity of the task that lies ahead,” mr. Obama said, his voice slow and controlled. “some of the choices that we make are going to be difficult. And i have said before and i will repeat again: it is not going to be quick and it is not going to be easy for us to dig ourselves out of the hole that we are in.”

    tks
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