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    #1

    future simple vs. going to

    She'll make a good teacher.
    She's going to make a good teacher.

    Is there any difference?

  1. glitterstar101
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    Re: future simple vs. going to

    Hi

    I think they are both future simple as there are two forms which can be used.

    Here is a link which will provide you with the example:
    ENGLISH PAGE - Simple Future

    It basically explains that you can use will + verb or a 'to be' verb such as are, is + going to + verb.

    Hope this helps

    (Student teacher)


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    Re: future simple vs. going to

    It looks the choice depends on what the prediction is based upon - current evidence or personal judgement. 'Going to' stands for the former and has a more objective meaning, so to say. Future simple stands for the latter and implies more subjectivity. Would you agree?

  2. glitterstar101
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    Re: future simple vs. going to

    Yes, I do agree

    The "she will" does convey a subjective meaning as it sounds more active opposed to "she is going" which sounds more passive.

    It is amazing how construction and interpretation of words can cause so much difference in meaning.

    Susannah
    (Student teacher)

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