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Future forms

Be going to We use going to for plans or intentions. The plan may be in the near future, or more distant. We also use going to for predictions. We use going to when is some evidence in the present situations, for example we can see something.

- Form: the going to future is formed with the verb be + going to + the infinitive

Jean is going to learn to drive. Tim and Ann are going to travel abroad next year.

Present Continuous We use the present continuous to talk about things we have arranged to do, in particular social arrangements and appointments. There is nearly always a time expression.

A: Are you doing anything on Friday evening? B: Not rally. Why?

A: Im having a party. Would you like to come?

Going to or present continuous?

Going to and present continuous are both used for plans and arrangements, and most occasions either is possible.

Im going to have / Im having a party on Friday.

However, going to can suggest that the detail are not yet finalized its still just a plan. Whereas the present continuous can suggest that the arrangement is more fixed, with a time and place.

Jean is going to have another driving lesson soon. (a plan, with no specific time) Jean is having her driving lessons this afternoon. (its fixed in her diary)

1) Put the verb in brackets into a form of will, going to or present continuous. More than one answer may be possible:

a) Have you heard the news? Harry _____________________________________ (join) the Army!.

b) According to the weather forecast, it __________________________________ (snow) tomorrow. c) Im sorry I cant meet you tonight. I _______________________________ (go out) with my parents. d) Tomorrow they.................................... (drive) to New York.. e) Take your umbrella with you. It.............................................. (rain). f) What are they........................................ (do) this evening? g) I...................................... (go) to the cinema tomorrow. h) They............................................. (fly) to Seattle next summer holidays. i) I........................... (invite) 50 people to the party.. j) ......................he......................... (go) to the football match? k) He......................................... (not leave) tomorrow. l) -What. (wear / you) at the party tonight? m)-I haven't made up my mind yet. But I think I.. (find) something nice in my mum's wardrobe. n) -This is my last day here. I. (go) back to England tomorrow. o) -Look at these big black clouds! It ..(rain) . p) -Here is the weather forecast. Tomorrow (be) dry and sunny. q) -What does a blonde say when she sees a banana skin lying just a few metres in front of her? - Oh dear! I ..................................... (slip).