Will vs Going to

Will vs Going to

“Will” and “Going To” both talk about the future and they both have different uses, but also some similarities. Let’s look at them in some more detail now.


Tomorrow I will go to the park

Tomorrow I am going to the park

Uses Will + Base form verb To be + going to + base form verb
It will rain tomorrow
It is going to rain tomorrow
Plans made in advance
I am going to go hiking on Saturday
Evidence now of something happening in the future
I have seen the polls, and it looks like Trump is going to win the election again.
Instant or spontaneous decisions
I will go hiking on Saturday (I just thought about it)
Facts that will happen in the future
I will sleep tonight. After 7, it will get dark.
Promising, requesting, offering, refusing
I will help you move house. I promise I will never hurt you. I will not help you.
I’m not going to hurt you (sounds like a plan - they were expecting you to hurt them!) I’m not going to help you (this was my plan the whole time)

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2 thoughts on “#40 Will vs Going To – What’s the Difference?”

  1. Hello Michael, it’s my again. I just came to say that I still listen to your podcasts from 1st episode, now as you can see I’m on 40. (I can leave more comments if you want to check my presence 😉 ) I want to thank you very much for this episode, ‘will and to be going to’ can be difficult for learners – it is for me. Your explanation help me a little bit. I think I need to listen to it a couple more times and then ‘will/to be going to’ will have no secrets from me 🙂 Thank you once again.
    I’m going to a concert at the weekend – that’s my answer for your question – is it correct?
    Have a great week, see you next time

    1. Hi Aneta. That’s fantastic! Well done on your commitment to listening to so many episodes. Quite soon, you’re going to reach the point where I switched from “English with Michael” to “Level Up English” (I’m not sure how obvious it will be though because the intro music has been changed).

      “I’m going to a concert at the weekend” sounds great! Good job

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