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    will

    HI there,
    Everyone of us (is going to / will) die, so we should treasure what we have.

    Which one is correct?

    Tks
    pete

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    Re: will

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    HI there,
    Everyone of us (is going to / will) die, so we should treasure what we have.

    Which one is correct?

    Tks
    pete
    They both are. The first choice is more common.

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    Re: will

    Hi there,
    'Be going to' is usually used as a 'immediate planned action'. So in the example, does it mean that we plan to die?

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    Re: will

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    'Be going to' is usually used as a 'immediate planned action'. So in the example, does it mean that we plan to die?

    tks
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    we use be going to rather than will when we PREDICT that something will happen in the future
    because we have some evidence for it now. It may be that we predict an event that is just about to
    happen on the basis of something that we feel, see (etc.) now.
    Cambridge-English Advanced Grammar in Use

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    Re: will

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    'Be going to' is usually used as a 'immediate planned action'. So in the example, does it mean that we plan to die?

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    Of course not. If something "usually" means something, then it obviously sometimes means something else.

    Why are you claiming that "be going to" is usually used as a "immediate planned action" anyway? "I'm going to finish cleaning the house one day" has absolutely no connotation that it is an immediately planned action. However, "I will finish cleaning the house immediately" does.

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    Re: will

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    'Be going to' is usually used as a 'immediate planned action'. Some Chinese teachers will also say so. Personally, they are wrong.

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    Hi, Raymott.
    Is it a common mistake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Hi, Raymott.
    Is it a common mistake?
    Overgeneralising, or applying "rules" indiscriminately, is an extremely common mistake.
    Grammar books are there to guide you and help you understand how a language is spoken and why. Some rules are (almost) cast in stone, eg conjugations (I am; you are; he is, etc.) Some are suggestions about usage.
    When a grammar book says "usually" or "generally", it's always a mistake to assume that it's a "cast in stone" rule.
    Here is a common mistake:
    Book: "In situation A, normally B is used instead of C".
    Student's question: "I saw C being used in situation A. How is this possible?"

    I'm not criticising. It's not always easy to tell what is actually a real "rule" and what is a "suggestion" for usage.

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