The Tick (shanrina) wrote in linguaphiles,
The Tick

Will vs. going to?

I'm an ESL teacher, and this week I'll be teaching the future with "be going to." I want to include will, but I've got a question about it. A lot of the information I'm finding for will vs. going to says that will is used for a spontaneous decision and going to is used for things that are planned. I'm a native speaker, though, and I don't really feel like I make that distinction when I talk, or really much of a distinction at all. Is this a dialect thing (I speak American Mid-Atlantic English)? Native English speakers (all dialects), do you make this kind of distinction when you're deciding whether to use will or going to?
Tags: english

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