ARRANGEMENTS,
FUTURE PLANS AND
PREDICTIONS

Be going to, present continuous or
will?
Arrangements
What’s Romy doing on…..
•
Thursday?
Romy’s having a Japanese lesson at 7.
•
Friday?
Romy’s having lunch with ...
We use present continuous to talk
about things that we have already
arranged to do (everything is planned):
On Thursday Ro...
Future plans and
intentions
“What are you going to do when
you are an adult?”

“I’m going to …… be an astronaut”
“I’m goin...
We use “be going to” to talk about our future plans.
We often use time expressions such as “tomorrow”,
“next week”, “next ...
What’s the difference?
“I’m going to get a job for this summer”

Use “Be going to” to talk
about things we plan to do but ...
Predictions
“Look at this blue sky! …
It’s going to be a sunny
day”

A: Mary looks fatter
B: She’s going to have a
baby!
Use “Be going to” to make a prediction
based on some evidence (something
that you see or know):
“Fernando Alonso is going ...
You can also use “will” to make predictions:

“I think Susan will get married soon”
“I don’t think Peter will pass his exa...
What’s the difference?
“I think Barça will win the Spanish league”
“Barça is going to win the match. They are playing much...
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  1. 1. ARRANGEMENTS, FUTURE PLANS AND PREDICTIONS Be going to, present continuous or will?
  2. 2. Arrangements What’s Romy doing on….. • Thursday? Romy’s having a Japanese lesson at 7. • Friday? Romy’s having lunch with Mr. Dickens at 1. • Saturday? Romy’s playing tennis with Ted, Paul and Lucy at half past three. • Sunday? Romy’s flying to Paris at half past one. • Monday? Romy’s staying in Paris. • Tuesday? Romy’s flying back to London at a quarter to seven in the morning.
  3. 3. We use present continuous to talk about things that we have already arranged to do (everything is planned): On Thursday Romy’s having a Japanese lesson at 7. We usually give the time/ period or date.
  4. 4. Future plans and intentions “What are you going to do when you are an adult?” “I’m going to …… be an astronaut” “I’m going to …… live in a castle” “I’m going to …… be rich” “I’m going to …… marry a princess” “I’m going to …. have three children”
  5. 5. We use “be going to” to talk about our future plans. We often use time expressions such as “tomorrow”, “next week”, “next year”, … with “be going to”: We are going to paint the living room tomorrow Next week Mary is going to play tennis with me
  6. 6. What’s the difference? “I’m going to get a job for this summer” Use “Be going to” to talk about things we plan to do but we haven’t arranged yet (this is your intention!) “I’ve got a job! I’m starting tomorrow” Use “present continuous” to talk about future things we have already arranged (everything is prepared)
  7. 7. Predictions “Look at this blue sky! … It’s going to be a sunny day” A: Mary looks fatter B: She’s going to have a baby!
  8. 8. Use “Be going to” to make a prediction based on some evidence (something that you see or know): “Fernando Alonso is going to win the race!” “This boy is going to fall down the tree!”
  9. 9. You can also use “will” to make predictions: “I think Susan will get married soon” “I don’t think Peter will pass his exam”
  10. 10. What’s the difference? “I think Barça will win the Spanish league” “Barça is going to win the match. They are playing much better” Use “will” to talk about what you think will happen (this is your opinion) and “be going to” to talk about something we are sure is going to happen because you can see it now (based on evidence)

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